Boko Haram: Nigeria ranks third most terrorised country in the world

Coming behind war rattled Iraq and Afghanistan, the 2018 Global Terrorism index (GTI) has ranked Nigeria as the third country, most impacted by strife globally.

Nigeria stands on the third spot ahead of Syria and Pakistan among the five countries considered the most impacted by terrorism.

According to the report, total deaths from terrorism in Nigeria fell to 1,532 in 2017, a drop of 16% from the previous year.

The report released and published on Wednesday by the Institute of Economics and Peace says the global community is experiencing a continuing trend of a decline in terrorism, with the total number of deaths falling by 27% to 18,814 deaths in 2017.

It attributed the downward trend to the fall in the intensity of conflict in the Middle East, the decline of ISIL, and an increase in counterterrorism activities across the world.

Despite the 2018 statistics, GTI says 67 countries still experience at least one death to terrorism.

Nigeria has, over the years,had to fight the Boko Haram insurgents that have disrupted the socioeconomic activities in the country especially in the north eastern part of the country with several attacks and killings.

Though the country claims to have ‘technically’ defeated the terrorist sect, strikes by the group continues to claim more lives regularly, including many soldiers who were killed recently during an attack by the sect on a military base in Metele, Borno State.

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