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ICC Note: Systematic persecution of Christians is increasing rapidly across sub-Saharan Africa. How do these groups broadcast their beheadings, bombings, and tortures?  And how is the call to violent jihad broadcast to other Muslims on the continent? Tech-savvy terrorists use the same US-made social media that American teens use to plan an outing: FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube. The BBC explains: 
10/22/2013 Africa (BBC) – The attack by the Somali radical Islamist group Al-Shabab on a shopping mall in Kenya last month has refocused attention on the threat from militant groups in Africa. These groups operate across the north of the continent, and have adopted various media techniques to spread their message to a wider audience.
The Al-Shabab attack came in the wake of large-scale operations masterminded by other groups, which have been escalating particularly over the last 12 months. A series of attacks in Niger in May was claimed by a group led by Islamist leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar, working jointly with the Movement for Monotheism and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), an offshoot of Al-Qaeda’s North African branch (AQIM).
Belmokhtar’s groups were also behind the brazen attack on Algeria’s In Amenas gas plant in January, where hundreds were taken hostage, including many Western nationals.
These groups are active from Somalia in the east of the continent to Mauritania in the west, and from Tunisia and Algeria in the north to Nigeria in the south. This vast area is also home to other militants and armed groups as well as smugglers and criminal gangs.
Here, BBC Monitoring looks at some of the most prominent of these groups and the media they use to get their message out.

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