Malian scholar Aldiouma Yattara has firsthand experience of the Islamist terror regime in his country. In an interview with DW, he describes how Islamists mainpulate religion for their own purposes.
In March 2012 Tuareg rebels seized control of large parts of northern Mali. Among them were members of Islamist group Ansar Dine. They want to impose a radical version of Islam which is unfamiliar to local people.
The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebel group is led by Joseph Kony. It has been committing atrocities against civilians in parts of Africa for nearly three decades. The group claims to be fighting "in the name of God."
The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northern Nigeria has hit the 1.5 million mark due to the ongoing insurgency by Boko Haram Islamists, the UN agency for refugees (UNHCR) has said.
Boko Haram has been spreading terror across northeastern Nigeria since 2009. With indiscriminate killings, the militant Islamist sect is seeking to fight Western values and promote an Islamic state.
Despite a series of setbacks, the militant group al-Shabab remains one of the most dangerous terrorist organizations in Africa. A former al-Shabab member tells DW what made him join the group and why he left it.
The militant group al-Shabab originated in Somalia, but the Islamists are now terrorizing much of East Africa. Kenya has been hit particularly hard for its participation in the African Union military mission in Somalia.