An Institute for Economics and Peace in the Global Terrorism Index (IEPGTI) has revealed that Boko Haram caused more deaths than Isis last year.
The index says Nigeria is second only to Iraq as the country with the most deaths caused by acts of terrorism.
Somehow, the misconception has been that the usual targets of the Islamic militants’ attacks are on the West, with headlines and column features often filled with reports of Islamic State.
But quite understandingly, Boko Haram is actually the world’s most deadly terrorist group.
Only today we reported they killed 32 and injured 80 in a busy Nigerian market in the city of Yola.
The Nigeria based Boko Haram are said to be on record as being responsible for more deaths than any other extremist organization, including Isis in the last year.
In 2014 alone Boko Haram slaughtered 6,644 people whilst the seemingly sophisticated Islamic militants caused 6,073 deaths in comparison making Boko Haram the deadliest terror organisations by number of deaths caused.
The report also stated that deaths caused by terrorism since the year 2000 have increased nine-fold.
The report hinted Boko Haram who had previous links with al-Qaeda caused more casualties in northern Africa, but they have previously targeted Chad and Cameroon.
They are also behind the kidnapping of 200 female pupils of Chibok School which sparked the #BringBackOurGirls campaign.
Strangely enough, in April a video was posted to Boko Haram’s twitter account apparently showing the group’s leader Abubakar Shekau pledging allegiance to Isis.
This file photo taken from a video by Nigeria's Boko Haram terrorist network, on May 12, 2014, shows their leader Abubakar Shekau speaking to the camera.
The Islamic State militants reportedly accepted a pledge of allegiance by the Nigerian-grown Boko Haram extremist group, and on Thursday, March 12, 2015, a spokesman for the Islamic State movement said Shekau posted an audio recording online that pledged allegiance to IS.
Later on the Islamic State group's media arm Al-Furqan, in an audio recording by spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, said that Boko Haram's pledge of allegiance ‘has been accepted’, claiming the caliphate has now expanded to West Africa leaving behind a worrying situation.