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Why Nigeria, Egypt must partner against terrorism, by Expert

Why Nigeria, Egypt must partner against terrorism, by Expert

The Affairs analyst based in Abuja, Ismail Malik, has called on Egypt and Nigeria to expedite actions against terrorism in the both countries.
 
The Arab Republic of Egypt and the Federal Republic of Nigeria are two huge countries in Africa with diverse chal­lenges associated with terrorism.
 
He said in recent times, the two coun­tries have come under destructive at­tacks by a plethora of terrorist elements that threatened the corporate existence of the nations, which seek to extermi­nate their modern achievements.
 
He said that while Egypt has faced the challenges of extreme terrorist groups, principally spearheaded by the Muslim Brotherhood with its concomitant tor­rents of death and destruction, the Ni­gerian state has contended with the on­slaught of the Boko Haram for several years which has since 2009, killed over 20,000 and displaced over 2.5 million people.
 
He said: “This unmitigated disaster has rendered the north eastern parts of Nigeria, mostly affected by the rampage, largely devastated with huge humanitar­ian crisis.
 
Egypt made profound and empirical response to these attacks. The Egyptian government, which has a longer expe­rience in battling terror in recent years, refocused its methods and reprioritized its strategy to counter the ever-changing and consistently deleterious strategies of the terrorists, especially after the emer­gence of the leadership of President Ab­del Fatah al-Sisi.
 
Although the terrorists have re­mained resolute in their attacks, the Egyptian government under the cre­ative leadership of Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has considerably reduced the spate of attacks and pushed the terrorists to the brink of extinction.
 
“Although the biggest Arab nation in the world was jolted once again by a re­cent attack that killed at least 26 people on July 7, 2017, Egypt’s security forces have assiduously countered the menace with deft professionalism. An Egyptian source (www.sis.gov.eg) has disclosed that at a time when Egypt was celebrat­ing the anniversary of the June 30 Rev­olution and getting rid of the rule of the brotherhood on July 3, 2013, the terror­ist struck and killed and injured about 26 army personnel at a security check­point in the Southern Rafah city. How­ever, forty of the fighters with links to the Islamic State were also killed in a subsequent gun battle with soldiers at the checkpoint, according army sourc­es,” he said.
 
He continued: “Although these terror­ist attacks against tourists in Egypt have lingered, they have decreased largely over the past 20 years since the terror­ist attack in Luxor in November 1997 which left 59 victims.
 
“Tourists in Egypt over the past four years came under very few attacks, some of them with knives that left very few casualties and many of the attacks were thwarted like that of 2015 in Luxor’s al-Karnak Temple and that of the Pyra­mids area.
 
“The blast of the Russian plane that took off from Sharm el-Sheikh airport in October 2015 is deemed the major ter­rorist attack over the past four years. It is still under investigation by the Egyp­tian and Russian authorities. This attack led to adopting tight security measures at all Egyptian airports with massive in­ternational participation.
 
“This state of affairs led to remarka­ble positive results the recent of which was the lifting of an embargo by the US on taking mobile computers and other electronic devices on board of EgyptAir planes taking off from Cairo airport to the US.
 
“The Nigerian government has also drastically reduced the damage of the Boko Haram insurgency and dislodged them from areas where they hitherto looked impregnable. Hundreds of them have also been arrested and the de-rad­icalization method of the security agen­cies is yielding enormous results.

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