Study: Militant Islamist attacks in Africa growing

The number of militant Islamist attacks in Africa has more than quadrupled in just the past six years, according to new research published Monday.

Militant Islamist attacks grew from just 171 across Africa in 2009, to 738 attacks in 2015, according to new analysis by IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre.

Deaths from the attacks have grown from 541 in 2009 to 4,600 fatalities — an increase of more than 750 percent.

  • tom_billesley

    “We Will Defeat Boko Haram”
    Hundreds of millions of pounds of British foreign aid given to Nigeria to help combat Boko Haram terrorists is instead being used to fund a witch-hunt against opposition politicians, it is being claimed.
    Apart from the concerns over British aid, American officials are also angry that $2.1 billion of aid given to the Nigerian military to tackle Boko Haram has not been properly accounted for.
    Mr Buhari’s claim that he is winning the war against Boko Haram – recently claimed the group no longer poses a serious threat – has been undermined by recent revelations the Nigerian authorities have tried to cover up the fact that hundreds more schoolchildren have been abducted by Boko Haram.
    It is now believed that some of these children may have been trained as suicide bombers. U.S. counter-terrorism experts say at least 105 women and girls trained by Boko Haram have taken part in suicide attacks since June 2014.

    • tom_billesley

      The previous regime?
      About $15bn (£10bn) was stolen from the fight against militant Islamists in Nigeria under the previous government, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has said. The money was diverted through fraudulent arms contracts, he added.
      President Muhammadu Buhari, who came to office last year, has vowed to fight corruption and recover “stolen funds”.

    • Alain

      You do understand that this is Africa. That is how it works with all foreign aid.

  • GrimmCreeper

    No one is going to defeat jack $h!t with catchy little hashtags and ridiculous Facebook groups. The only way to defeat these murderous barbarians is to kill the snot out of them. And it’s clear that there’s no will to get that done. Maybe when a few politicians start seeing there loved ones become victims things will start to change.