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Rep Bass Urges Continued Support to Africa Against Violent Extremist Threats Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

April 7, 2020
Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement regarding violent extremism in the time of a global pandemic.

"There have been a series of deadly assaults across the Sahel. Since the beginning of this outbreak, extremists have attacked Chad’s military, killing soldiers near the border of Nigeria and Niger; Nigerian soldiers have been killed in northeastern Nigeria; and this week, numerous Malian soldiers were killed in an attack on their military base.  I condemn this violence and any other attempt to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic. I urge the administration and international community to continue to support African governments in a comprehensive manner as they combat the increased violence in the region.  This especially includes addressing the root causes of violence."