Islamic State Gains Foothold in Ebola-Stricken Congo

Islamic State Gains Foothold in Ebola-Stricken Congo

Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) jihadis have made inroads with Islamic terrorists in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as the central African country reels from a worsening Ebola virus outbreak, which has already infected and killed hundreds, Fox News reported this week.

ISIS claimed responsibility for its first attack in the central African nation on April 18, claiming “soldiers of the caliphate” attacked military installations along the country’s border.

Leanne Erdberg, the director of the Countering Violent Extremism Program at the United States Institute of Peace, told Fox News:

“Half of the [top ten] countries with the largest increases in terrorism are located in Africa, with rises also occurring in the Central African Republic, Mali, and Kenya,” the latest Global Terrorism Index (GTI) issued by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) late last year revealed.

Congo houses the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), which is seeking to overthrow the Ugandan government and establish an Islamic state, Fox News noted.

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