Global Terrorism Index: Nigeria ranks 3rd in World’s worst-hit terrorism countries

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Nigeria has been ranked third in the record of the most ravaged countries hit by terrorism in the world, the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) report has revealed.

According to the report released on Thursday,  the death toll attributed to Boko Haram in Nigeria increased by 25 per cent from 2018 to 2019.

GTI report disclosed that despite a 72 percent reduction in fatalities attributed to Fulani extremists, Nigeria had the second largest fall in total deaths within the period under review, as the number of deaths attributed to Boko Haram increased by 25 per cent from 2018 to 2019.

The Index report, revealed that violence by the two major factions of Boko Haram have taken a large toll on the civilian population, particularly in the North-East, where continued attacks have internally displaced more than two million people and caused a further 240,000 Nigerian refugees to flee to neighbouring countries.

According to the report, in 2019, Boko Haram carried out 11 suicide bombings causing 68 fatalities, as suicide bombings accounted for 6% of all terror-related incidents by Boko Haram in 2019, marking an 89% decline from their peak in 2017.

The Index stated that Boko Haram was responsible for Nigeria’s deadliest terrorist attack in 2019 when assailants attacked a funeral in Badu, Borno State.

The report read: “Nigeria had the second largest fall in total deaths, owing largely to a 72 percent reduction in fatalities attributed to Fulani extremists.

“Despite this decrease, the number of deaths attributed to Boko Haram increased by 25 percent from 2018 to 2019.

“Renewed activity by Boko Haram in Nigeria and neighbouring countries, including Cameroon, Chad and Niger, remains a substantial threat to the region.

“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 terrorist attack in 2019 when assailants attacked a funeral in Badu, Borno State.

“At least 70 people were killed and 10 others were wounded in the attack and ensuing clash.

“The two main factions 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.

“Violence by the two main factions of Boko Haram have taken a large toll on the civilian population, particularly in the North-East, where continued attacks have internally displaced more than two million people and caused a further 240,000 Nigerian refugees to flee to neighbouring countries.”