In the wake of terrorist attacks in France, the West is seeking a global coalition to destroy the Islamic State group, among other sweeping measures to combat terror in Europe.
And while it may appear ISIS is currently the biggest and gravest threat to international security, it might not be the case since there is a militant organization which is even more dangerous and ruthless.
Boko Haram has overtaken Isis as the world’s most deadly terrorist organization, according to new data released by the Global Terrorism Index.
The Nigerian-based terror group, also known as Islamic State’s West’s Africa province, was responsible for 6,644 deaths in 2014 as compared to 6,073 killings by ISIS.
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Despite slaughtering considerably more people than other radical organizations, atrocities by Boko Haram don’t generate as much headlines as ISIS or Taliban, because they mostly operate in north Africa — a region largely ignored by the press.
For instance, last month, a series of explosions on the outskirts of the Nigerian capital Abuja killed at least 18 people. Two weeks into the tragedy, two bomb blasts ripped through mosques in the northeastern part of the country, killing at least 55 people and injuring more than 100. But the bombings didn’t attract international attention.
Although there was no immediate claim of responsibility, both attacks were attributed to Boko Haram.
Just this week, as the world reeled from the attacks in Paris, a blast struck a fruit and vegetable market in the northeastern Nigerian city of Yola on Tuesday, killing 32 people and wounding 80 others.
But there were no fiery speeches from world leaders condemning the incident or denouncing terrorism in Africa.
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Last year, over 200 school girls were kidnapped by the militant group led by Boko Haram. Several thousands have been displaced as result of militancy. Former President Goodluck Jonathan along with Western leaders including President Barack Obama vowed to make Nigeria safe again, however, despite several attempts, the campaign to #BringBackOurGirls has not yielded positive results to this day.
While fighting against ISIS is a priority under current circumstances, the West also needs to take heed of terrorism in West and northeastern Africa and do something before it grows into a threat that affects the world.