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.