New security threats emerge in West Africa

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A car that was burnt during the crackdown in Nigeria on the extremist Islamist group known as Boko Haram in July 2011.

Bomb attacks in Nigeria and the potentially volatile situation in Guinea-Bissau after the death of its President, pose new security threats in the West African region.

A recent bombing campaign by Boko Haram, a terrorist group in Nigeria, has claimed the lives of dozens of civilians.

The concerns were highlighted in the Secretary-General's report on the activities of the United Nations Office for West Africa presented to the Security Council on Monday.

Said Djinnit, the Secretary-General's Special Representative says that piracy, organized crime and drug trafficking are also destabilizing the region.

"The situation still calls for us to remain weary as progress continues to be tenuous as recent events in Guinea-Bissau demonstrated. Countries in the sub-region are still vulnerable to instances which could jeopardize progress in peace-building, democracy and stability. "

Meanwhile, the report also makes mention of positive developments, such as the holding of credible elections in a number of states.

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