Although ISIS tends to make more headlines, the deadliest terror group in the world is Nigeria’s Boko Haram. That’s not to say ISIS isn’t deadly (though perhaps more accurately a state sponsor of terror rather than a terrorist group per se), as shown by these great graphics, but Boko Haram has a higher death toll, just perhaps a more locally focused one.
Boko Haram has been operating since 2009 mainly in the north of Nigeria. Originally a group that wanted secession for Nigeria’s north, Boko Haram’s goals have expanded to general regime change in the country and the establishment of a sharia state. Boko Haram has also started to attempt transnational expansion: to limited success in Cameroon and nearly no success in Chad. The group has also relatively recently started using suicide bombing as a scare tactic. Uniquely, Boko Haram only uses female children and young women as suicide bombers, and the frequency and fatality of attacks is increasing.