Nigeria ranks third most terrorised nation in the world – GTI
The Institute for Economics and Peace has released the Global Terrorism for 2016, a document which helps in measuring and understanding the impact of terrorism globally.
According to the report, Nigeria’s position did not change in the ranking, from what it was last year. The nation still ranked 3rd in the world, with regards to operations of terrorists.
Below is the list of most terrorized nations in the world, a very devastating report for Nigerians who can no longer endure the menace of the Boko Haram Sect.
Though Nigeria still occupies its position as 3 most terrorised nation in the world, the report still reveals that Iraq and Nigeria had the largest reduction on deaths from terrorism from 2014 to 2015.
The gains made against Boko Haram by the Nigerian military, however became the pains of the country’s neighbours – Niger and Cameroon – as the terrorist group spilled over and created more deaths in the two countries than previously recorded.
“Niger recorded a devastating year with 11 terrorism deaths in 2014 rising to 649 in 2015. This is the largest proportional increase of any country and is due to the expansion of Boko Haram,” the report said.
Niger is now 16th in the latest ranking, compared to the 51st position it occupied in last year. The deteriorating terrorism attacks in Cameroon also moved it from 20th position it was in 2015 to 14th in 2016.
ISIL, the Islamic militant group in Iraq, has now overtaken Boko Haram as the deadliest terrorist group in 2015, the report said.
The report said: “Despite the decrease in deaths from terrorism, Nigeria still experienced a high rate of violent deaths.
“In addition to terrorism victims, there were at least 4,422 battle-related deaths from the conflict between Boko Haram and the Nigerian Government in 2015, down from 8,233 in 2014.”
The report said on the average, Boko Haram killed 11 people per attack in Nigeria, and that the attacks were mainly targeted at civilians.
“Four out of five deaths from terrorism in Nigeria are civilians,” it said. “This is one of the highest targeting of civilians anywhere in the world.
“Whilst the majority of fatalities were caused by armed assaults with firearms and knives, there has been an increase in the use of bombings and explosions, a tactic Boko Haram has been increasingly using after receiving explosives training from al-Shabaab.
“In 2013, Boko Haram conducted 35 bombings which killed 107 people. In 2015 there were 156 bombings that killed 1,638. Nearly two thirds of the bombings in 2015 were suicide bombings, which on average killed ten people per attack,” the report revealed.