By Simdi Gloria:–
The Global Terrorism Index has ranked Nigeria as the 3rd most terrorized country in the world.
According to the report, Afghanistan ranked top in the list.
The report also showed the number of deaths attributed to Boko Haram in the country increased by 25% from 2018 to 2019.
Afghanistan ranked first, followed by Iraq. Syria, Somalia, and Yemen ranked fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.
Other countries in the list include; Pakistan (seventh), India(eight), the Democratic Republic of Congo(ninth), and the Philippines(tenth).
The report said, “Despite an overall decline in terrorism, Boko Haram, Nigeria’s deadliest terrorist group, recorded an increase in terrorist activity mainly targeted at civilians. Terror-related deaths and incidents attributed to Boko Haram in Nigeria increased by 25 and 30% respectively.
“In 2019, Boko Haram carried out 11 suicide bombings causing 68 fatalities. Suicide bombings accounted for 6% of all terror-related incidents by Boko Haram in 2019, marking an 89% decline from their peak in 2017.”
Boko Haram was responsible for Nigeria’s deadliest attack in 2019 where assailants attacked at a funeral in Badu, Borno state.
At least 70 people were killed and about 20 injured.
The two main factors of Boko Haram, the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) and the followers of Abubakar Shekau are both engaged in an insurgency campaign against the Nigerian Government.
This violence has taken a large toll on the civilian population particularly in North-East Nigeria where continually attacks have displaced more than 2 million people and caused a further 240,00 Nigerian refugees to flee to other countries.
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