Al-Azhar Observatory (Photo: Al-Ahram)
Egypt's Al-Azhar Observatory for Combating Extremism named Boko Haram the bloodiest terrorist group in Africa during the month of December in 2020, on Wednesday
The observatory also stated that Africa witnessed a total of 52 terrorist attacks in December from multiple terrorist groups and organisations. The same number of attacks as November's, with the exception that some countries witnessed more attacks than others in the last month of 2020.
In its report, the observatory stated that Al-Shabab terrorist organisation launched 22 terrorist attacks alone, including 7 attacks in Kenya resulting in the killing of 52 people, whereas the group’s activity in Somalia went down due to the counter terrorism efforts of Somali forces — aided by the African Union’s Mission in Somalia.
The observatory added that due to the security operations of Somali forces, Al-Shabab organisation had to transfer its operations to another country.
Concerning the terrorist group Boko Haram, the observatory stated that the group intensified its operations in west Africa, especially in Nigeria in December.
Accordingly, Boko Haram launched 12 terrorist attacks in Nigeria, 5 terrorist attacks in Niger, and one attack in Cameroon, killing 91 people in total and injuring 120 others, making the group the bloodiest in Africa in December.
Meanwhile, the Sahel area witnessed a decline in terrorist attacks, as only 9 attacks were recorded, some of which were perpetrated by ISIS.
It added that the attacks in the Sahel area resulted in the killing of ten people and the injury of 14 others.