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    African nations have a growing problem – countries across the continent are facing attacks by Islamist-inspired insurgents.

    The so-called Islamic State may have lost influence in Syria and Iraq – but now it’s claiming vast territory across Africa, expanding and strengthening its influence together with affiliated armed groups.

    Video footage purports to show Boko Haram fighters pledging allegiance to the Islamic State in West Africa Province. If genuine it would herald a disturbing development for Nigerian security forces.

    For years the two militias have been fighting each other. That came to a head last month when notorious Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau reportedly killed himself in a battle with IS fighters.

    It has fueled fears that the so-called Islamic State is consolidating control of the insurgency in northeastern Nigeria. That’s at the heart of a string of conflicts involving various extremist groups from Mauritania to Chad.

    Now there are warnings IS activity is growing in the horn of Africa and northern Mozambique.

    They came as the global coalition against IS met in Rome to discuss the resurfacing of the terror group, sometimes called Daesh.

    The Italian foreign minister wants to sharpen the focus on the continent.

    At the end of the first in-person meeting in two years, the global coalition added three new African countries to their ranks.

    And these propaganda images of former foes burying the hatchet in Nigeria only serve to underline the urgency of the situation.

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