Suicide Attacks in Nigeria 2014 to 2015
7 Pages Posted: 5 May 2017
Date Written: July 8, 2016
This article provides an analysis and evaluation of the violence in Nigeria by focusing on suicide attacks between 2014 and 2015. The objective is to provide insight into the stability and impact of that violence on the country through analyzing suicide attacks. Data used in this analysis comes from The Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism (CPOST). I show that there was more than a triple surge in suicide attacks in Nigeria between 2014 and 2015. Between 2014 and 2015 the number of wounded people doubled while the number of those killed from suicide attacks tripled. Most of this is attributed to Boko Haram. The group overtook other Islamic militant groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) as the world's deadliest group. The group members have received training and funds from outside in far-away Afghanistan and Mauritania. The joint collaboration between these militant groups acting in Africa in collaboration with international terrorist groups like ISIL raises greater concerns for countries in the region where groups like al-Qaeda have active branches in places like Mauritania, Morocco, Mali and Niger and Nigeria.
Keywords: Nigeria, Terrorism, Boko Haram, Suicide Attacks, Violence, Militants, Africa
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