Nigerian Boko Haram is the most deadly terror group in the world, report says.
According to the Institute of Economics Peace, the Boko Haram killed 6,644 people in 2014, compared to the 6,073 killed by ISIS.
Deaths attributed to Boko Haram increased by 317 per cent in 2014 from the previous year, the report released on Wednesday says.
Most of the jihadist group’s attacks were on Nigerian civilians in public, “most often with firearms resulting in very high levels of deaths per attack,” according to the report.
The report was the third edition of the Global Terrorism Index.
The Index provides a comprehensive summary of the key global trends and patterns in terrorism over the last 15.
The latest edition put a special emphasis on 2014, pointing out that terrorist activities increased by 80 per cent, to the highest recorded level.
It provides a detailed analysis of the changing trends for 162 countries and investigates the evolving patterns by geography, methods of attack, organisations involved and the national economic and political context.
“The majority of deaths from terrorism in 2014 occurred in three countries Syria, Iraq and Nigeria,” the report said.
The Boko Haram has carried out cross border raids in Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
The group claimed several attacks in Nigeria in 2014, one of which was on the city of Gamboru Ngala that killed at least 315 people.
The Boko Haram pledged allegiance to ISIS in March, calling itself the Islamic State’s West Africa Province.
It has killed more than 18,500 people in Nigeria since it began its activities in 2009.
“Nigeria’s terrorism is more diverse, with two major groups, Boko Haram and Fulani militants, having different aims and drivers,” the report said.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari pledged to end the Boko Haram activities.
However, the group’s reign of terror continues.
SOURCE: AFRICA REVIEW