Nigeria Surpasses Iraq and Syria as Country With Highest Number of Attacks by Islamic State

In the village of Zenam Kelouri, Nigerien soldiers demonstrate their force used against Boko Haram in 2016. (Image credit: VOA / Nicolas Pinault/Wikimedia Commons)
In the village of Zenam Kelouri, Nigerien soldiers demonstrate their force used against Boko Haram in 2016. (Image credit: VOA / Nicolas Pinault/Wikimedia Commons)

Nigeria is now the country with the highest number of attacks by the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, according to statistics released by Jihad Analytics, a data processing agency on terrorism.

This surge in IS attacks shows that Nigeria has exceeded the likes of Iraq, Syria, and other war-stricken Middle East countries.

The findings by Jihad Analytics show that Nigeria has faced a total of 162 Islamic State attacks since Jan. 2022, while Iraq has recorded 120.

“Since the beginning of the year, the Islamic State has conducted half of its attacks in #Africa,” the company wrote in a tweet. “For the first time in the history of the jihadi group, Iraq is no longer the country where #IS claims the highest number of operations: the group #ISWAP is now more active in Nigeria.”

According to the 2022 Global Terrorism Index (GTI) released by the Institute for Economics & Peace, Nigeria ranks 6th out of 10 countries most impacted by terrorism.

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Source: CBN