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Jihadist Threat Prompts Ivory Coast, Ghana to Raise Guard

  • Northern neighbor Burkina Faso has seen surge of attacks
  • Militants seek foothold in West Africa’s coastal states
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Some of West Africa’s biggest economies are increasingly vulnerable to attacks by Islamist militants, whose influence is spreading to the inland borders of coastal nations.

Heavyweights Ghana and Ivory Coast as well as smaller neighbors Benin and Togo are strengthening security along their boundaries with Burkina Faso, which has seen a surge of attacks by al-Qaeda and Islamic State-linked insurgents this year. The raids have spread so fast that the government has imposed a state of emergency in several regions and replaced most senior military commanders earlier this year. Nations from Germany to Qatar pledged this month to help ward off the Islamist threat.