Two Islamic extremist groups staged deadly attacks in Nigeria and Somalia, raising concerns that both years-long insurgencies are seeing an intensifying momentum.
In Nigeria, Boko Haram launched the deadliest attack in months on Maiduguri, in northeast Nigeria, killing at least 13 people, Reuters reported.
The Nigerian government late last year declared that Boko Haram had been crushed.
In Somalia’s semiautonomous state of Puntland, meanwhile, heavily armed al-Shabaab extremists stormed a military base killing almost 70, the Associated Press reported.
Al-Shabaab last year became the deadliest Islamic extremist group in Africa, killing more than 4,200 in 2016, according to the Washington-based Africa Center for Strategic Studies.
The extremist group recently vowed to step up its attacks after the federal government announced a new offensive against it.