Map of Africas Active Militant Islamist Groups

Published On : Tuesday, May 10 2016

Recent high-profile attacks have drawn increased attention to the threat of terrorism in Africa.  A review of attacks by militant Islamist groups in Africa over the past 12 months reveals considerable variation in the groups involved.  Most are locally-focused even if they have declared an allegiance to a global terrorist network.  Attacks have also been conducted in a relatively few, concentrated areas on the continent. Boko Haram is responsible for the vast majority of fatalities, a figure that has escalated dramatically in recent years.  While garnering much attention, ISIS has a limited presence in Africa, often working through pre-existing groups with their own agenda.