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Benin: Army foils jihad terror attack, AFP puts word ‘terrorist’ in quotes



Would AFP put the word “terrorist” in quotes, as if the designation were questionable, if these were “right-wing extremists”? What do you think?

“Benin Foils ‘Terrorist’ Attack, Kills 8 Gunmen, Army Says,” Agence France-Presse, October 13, 2022:

COTONOU, BENIN — Benin’s army has said it foiled a “terrorist” attack in the country’s northwest, killing eight gunmen suspected of operating from neighboring Burkina Faso and Niger.

Security forces have faced more than a dozen militant incursions since last year, as concerns mount over the spread southward of violence from the Sahel linked to the Islamic State group and al-Qaida.

In the early hours of Wednesday, “terrorists attempted to infiltrate Materi [town] … where they were planning to launch a complex attack,” military spokesperson Ebenezer Honfoga said….

They then “tried to attack the Beninese armed forces position that was in the area” but faced retaliation.

“At least eight terrorists were killed” and important equipment was retrieved, the official added, without giving further details….

Benin’s government admitted in May that the north of the country had been the target of around 20 attacks by armed groups, though it did not use the word “jihadists.”