As world is focusing the horror of the Islamic State which killed more than 100 people killed in its latest wave of violence in Paris, another group has emerged as the world’s deadliest terrorist group.
The data, published in the third edition of the Global Terrorism Index shows Boko Haram leaving the Islamic State, Taliban and all other terrorist groups behind in deaths.
The data which has been produced by the Institute for Economic and Peace, and drawn from data collected by the Global Terrorism Database (GTD), collated by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism shows that deaths attributed to Boko Haram increased by 317 per cent in 2014 to 6,644 compared to 6,073 blamed on the Islamic State group.
The announcement came on Wednesday as the latest suicide bombings by Boko Haram, Nigeria’s home-grown extremist group, left nearly 50 people killed.
One suicide bomber killed 34 people in Yola, a town packed with refugees from Nigeria’s Islamic uprising and two others killed at least 15 people in the northern city of Kano and injured 53.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari called for nation on Wednesday to stay vigilant, saying that even his recently intensified military operation against Boko Haram could not prevent every attack.
“President Buhari reassures Nigerians that his administration is very much determined to wipe out Boko Haram in Nigeria and bring all perpetrators of these heinous crimes against humanity to justice,” a statement released by the President stated.
The group pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in March of this year and later the area was announced as the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP).
The group mainly operates in Nigeria but occasionally carry out attacks in neighboring Chad and Cameroon.