Islamic State Gains Territory in Ebola-Stricken Congo

Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) jihadists have made inroads in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as the central African country reels from a devastating Ebola virus outbreak.

Fox News reported that an attack in the DRC, claimed by ISIS on April 18, “coincides with the recent terrorist attack in Sri Lanka as ISIS seem to be on the rise.” On April 29, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appeared in a video urging jihadists to carry out more attacks.

“The possibility of a ‘Central Africa Province’ in post-Caliphate ISIS operations is a worrying thought given the instability and weak state capacity of the Congolese government,” Fox News added.