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Al-Shabaab named Africa's deadliest terrorist group in 2016

Somalia-based insurgents, Al-Shabaab, were the deadliest terrorist group last year, beating Nigeria’s Boko Haram insurgents who have held...

Somalia-based insurgents, Al-Shabaab, were the deadliest terrorist group last year, beating Nigeria’s Boko Haram insurgents who have held the title for the period 2012 – 2015, Africa news report.

According to new figures from the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED) and the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, Al-Shabaab was responsible for 4,281 deaths as against Boko Haram’s 3,499.

The third insurgent group that made the list was the Islamic State Militant Group (ISIS), who recorded 2,350 deaths in 2016.

Al-Shabaab are affiliated to al-Qaeda group and they are largely operational in Somalia with incursions into neighbouring Kenya. They were responsible for the West Gate Mall and Garissa University attacks on Kenyan soil.

The group led by the elusive Abu Ubaidah who has a $6 million US bounty on his head, has also launched deadly attacks on Kenyan troops in parts of Somalia. 

Boko Haram on the other hand started in north-eastern Nigeria with the aim of establishing an Islamic caliphate in northern Nigeria, but today their effect stings the entire Lake Chad region; Cameroon’s far north, Chad, Niger and north-eastern Nigeria.

Unlike Al-Shabaab, Boko Haram has a split leadership with long serving Abubakar Shekau leading one part and the other part led by Abu Musah Al Barnawi. Boko Haram reportedly pledged allegiance to ISIS years back.

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