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Nigeria Is #4 On Global Terrorism Ranking

Nigeria has been ranked fourth on the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) for 2013, primarily arising from terrorist attacks carried out by Boko Haram in northern Nigeria.

In a new global study by the London-based Institute for Economics and Peace, Nigeria ranked below Iraq with 2,492 attacks that killed more than 6,300 people, Afghanistan and Pakistan, which ranked first, second respectively, while Syria, now driven by a devastating civil war, is ranked fifth.

The institute, in the report released on Tuesday, said the number of people killed in terror attacks worldwide jumped more than 60 per cent last year to a record high of nearly 18,000 and the figure could rise further in 2014 due to an escalation of conflict in the Middle East and Nigeria.

Over 80 per cent of the lives lost to terrorist activities occurred only in five countries – Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and Syria – in 2013, the report added.

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