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Somalia-based terrorist group al-Shabaab has overtaken Nigeria’s Boko Haram as Africa’s deadliest militant group, according to new figures from the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED).

The data, compiled by the Africa Centre for Strategic Studies, showed that al-Shabaab was responsible for 4,281 casualties in 2016, compared to 3,499 by Boko Haram. The third group on the list was the Islamic State militant group, which was responsible for 2,350 deaths that year, Africa News reported.

Al-Shabaab, which has ties to al-Qaeda, is largely operational in Somalia with some incursions in neighbouring Kenya.

The group was responsible for the attack that killed nearly 150 students in Kenya’s Garissa University in April 2015. In 2013, al-Shabaab militants carried out a three-day siege, killing 67 people, at a shopping mall in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

Last year, The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) declared al-Shabaab as a transnational security threat in the East Africa region.

Sources: The Christian Times, International Christian Concern

  • Ask the Lord to hear the cries of the people in Somalia and Nigeria and deliver them from violence
    (Psalm 34:7).
  • Pray the Lord will frustrate the plans of these Islamist groups, remove the hatred from their hearts and bring many to conviction and repentance.
  • Pray the Lord will bring good from evil and draw many to Himself during this time of suffering and uncertainty.