While the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq continued to dominate headlines in 2015 with attacks in Paris, Yemen, Saudia Arabi and elsewhere, Boko Haram was killing more people than ever — potentially eclipsing the tally of its partner in terror, NBC News reported.
The Nigerian militant group, which has pledged allegiance to ISIS, has been tied to nearly 11,000 killings as of mid-December, according to the Council on Foreign Relations. More than half of those deaths have been the direct result of the group’s suicide bombings and armed raids. The rest died from fighting between the group and Nigerian troops.
Nigeria’s new government has promised to oust Boko Haram and has boasted of successfully retaking territory from the extremists, but experts are warning that this could lead the group to change its tactics.