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The Economics of Terrorism in Africa

Terrorist attacks in Nigeria, Kenya, Tunisia, Mali, and elsewhere have cast a dark shadow across Africa's long-awaited economic rise. That is no surprise: Terrorism risks derailing Africa’s development in six important ways.

WASHINGTON, DC – Terrorism on the scale witnessed in Paris last month is nothing new in Africa. In Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger, the extremist group Boko Haram – famous for its kidnapping of 276 school girls in 2014 – has inflicted thousands of casualties with suicide bombings and assaults on civilians. In Kenya, the Somali group Al-Shabaab has carried out two major attacks, on Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall in 2013 and on Garissa University in 2015, as well as many smaller acts of terror.