Africa a 'hothouse' for extremist groups: US intelligence chief

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US intelligence chief James Clapper warned lawmakers on Wednesday that Sub-Saharan Africa had turned into an incubator for extremists staging lethal terror attacks.

"The continent has become a hothouse for the emergence of extremist and rebel groups, which increasingly launch deadly asymmetric attacks, and which government forces often cannot effectively counter due to a lack of capability and sometimes will," said Clapper, according to a prepared text.

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