Western military presence in Africa worsening security in continent
Daesh-affiliated terrorist groups have gone on a killing spree across Africa as Takfiri outfits expand their footholds across the continent despite the presence of Western military forces.
A suicide bomber from the so-called Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a terrorist group aligned with Daesh, struck a restaurant in the city of Beni in eastern Congo on Saturday, killing at least five people as well as himself.
"The suicide bomber, prevented by security guards from entering a crowded bar, activated the bomb at the entrance of the bar," regional governor's spokesman General Ekenge Sylvain said in a statement, adding that six people died in the blast and 14 were injured, including two local officials.
Sylvain also said that the ADF had activated a "sleeper cell" in Beni to target citizens.
The Congolese city was rocked by two explosions in June at a Catholic church and at a busy intersection. No one was killed in either blast except the bomber.
Since November, Congo and neighboring Uganda have launched a military campaign against the ADF as officials have on multiple occasions blamed the terrorist group for bombings in the region.
Terrorists linked to al-Qaeda and Deash have inflicted heavy casualties on the region's armies, killing soldiers in Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali almost every week in scattered attacks despite the presence of foreign troops in the restive area.
French troops have been stationed in the Sahel region under the pretext of fighting the spread of extremist militant forces there, while reports have emerged that their convoys deliver arms to the Takfiri militants.
Neocolonialism has continued in various forms by Western countries, but has taken a different shape from previous colonial methods of direct military and political control.
In fact, Western powers continue to pursue imperial policies in various guises to maintain their economic dominance around the world, and Africa has always been the focus of Western attention.
Western observers have blamed the continent’s political violence to rising tide of terror groups, but African scholars have long maintained that the national borders in Africa, most of which date back to the period in the late 1800s when European powers divided up most of the continent in a flurry of diplomatic agreements and colonial wars now known as the “Scramble for Africa,” are actually one of the biggest sources of its present-day strife and violence.