Somalia’s al-Shabaab was the deadliest terrorist organization in Africa in 2016, ending Boko Haram’s four-year reign.
The Somali terror group killed 4,281 people in 2016, with a high concentration of attacks taking place in the capital Mogadishu, according to new datacompiled by Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) and the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, and first reported by Quartz. Boko Haram killed 3,499.
Since forming in 2006, al-Shabaab has carried out more than 360 attacks in Somalia. The terror group’s resiliency has proved an obstacle for the country’s new president and worsened its numerous humanitarian issues.