Al-Shabaab Attacks Spike, as COVID-19 Grips the World

Author
Sunguta West
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
The Jamestown Foundation
Abstract
Al-Shabaab’s recent attack targeting Somalia’s head of the military is the latest indication of the Islamist militant group’s growing confidence in its battle for control of the war-torn country in the Horn of Africa. Al-Shabaab, the al-Qaeda affiliate in East Africa, has been waging a deadly insurgency in the country for 14 years. Its weapons of choice have ranged from improvised explosive devices (IED) and vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs), to deploying suicide bombers to target security forces, public installations, and government officials. Its war is largely asymmetrical, where it also relies on hit and run attacks, assassinations, and grenade attacks.
Topic
Terrorism, Islamism, Al Shabaab, COVID-19
Political Geography
Africa, Somalia