African Defence Review

WEEKINAFRICA

17 October 2018

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Goma, North Kivu, DR Congo – MONUSCO Guatemala Special Forces “GUASFOR”, carrying out the helocasting exercises in the Lake Kivu. Photo MONUSCO / Force

October 12, 2018 | Richard Stupart

The Profiteers exposes senior South Sudanese officers

South Sudan

It’s been a bad few days to be in the SPLM leadership. Not long after receiving a lukewarm reception to requests for more funds and assistance for the peace process, an investigative report on elite corruption by John-Allan Namu and Africa Uncensored has laid out in detail how state funds are diverted and the nation’s teak resources are being stolen by soldiers who then proceed to bank their gains in Kenya. Pulled off air at the last minute, the full The Profiteers series is now available on YouTube and causing a justified storm.

Recent Conflict Events

Below are the a selection of recent conflict events from the University of Sussex' ACLED database this week where over five fatalities were reported.

BATTLE - NO CHANGE OF TERRITORY

Nigeria

13 October. Boko Haram attacked an army base in Arege. Soldiers repelled the attack and killed 'several' members of Boko Haram (unknown fatality number coded as 10).

COUNTRY: Nigeria | FATALITIES: 10
LOCATION: Arege

VIOLENCE AGAINST CIVILIANS

Somalia

13 October 2018: A suicide bomber detonated himself in a busy cafe in the town of Baidoa, resulting in the death of 17 people (+ the bomber) and the injury of up to 70 more. Al-Shabaab later claimed responsibility for the attack.

COUNTRY: Somalia | FATALITIES: 18
LOCATION: Baidoa

BATTLE - NO CHANGE OF TERRITORY

Chad

On October 10, ISWAP militants killed 8 Chadian soldiers and wounded 11 in an attack on army positions in the area of Kaiga Kindjira, 48 militants allegedly killed in a counter-attack.

COUNTRY: Chad | FATALITIES: 59
LOCATION: Kaiga Kindjiria

BATTLE - NO CHANGE OF TERRITORY

Nigeria

10 October. IS aligned Boko Haram forces launched an attack on military forces in Metele (near Kangarwa). Seven soldiers (Boko Haram reports 31) and 76 members of Boko Haram were reportedly killed in the clash. The group also claims to have abducted five others.

COUNTRY: Nigeria | FATALITIES: 83
LOCATION: Metele

BATTLE - NO CHANGE OF TERRITORY

South Sudan

On October 8th and 9th (and possibly other dates later in the week), clashes took place between the Nyangwara and Kabura sections of the Mundari ethnic group over cattle at various locations in Terekaka, Central Equatoria (Gworo county is mentioned in one source, and the road between Yirol and Terekaka in another). At least 16 people were killed in the clashes (fatalities are spread across two events), with eight being lost on each side. 15 people are reported to have been injured.

COUNTRY: South Sudan | FATALITIES: 8
LOCATION: Terkeka