LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A new study released today by IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), the leading global source of critical information and insight found that the number of attacks carried out by, or attributed to, the Islamic State on a global basis rose in the past quarter.
In the three months between 1 July and 30 September 2015, IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre (JTIC) recorded a total of 1,086 attacks by the Islamic State worldwide from open sources. This represented a substantial 42 percent increase in the average daily number of attacks, from 8.3 in the preceding quarter (1 April – 30 June) to 11.8 in the reporting period.
Furthermore, the average 11.8 attacks per day in the reporting period represented a notable 39 percent increase from the average 8.5 attacks per day over the preceding 12 months.
“On a global scale there was relatively little in the way of nominal territorial expansion by the Islamic State in the past three months,” said Matthew Henman, head of IHS JTIC. “Instead, the Islamic State maintained its strategy of expanding and consolidating local territorial control within its existing structure of provinces.”
Nigeria versus Syria
The quarterly IHS JTIC report highlights Islamic State activity across the area that it has claimed as its territory, including Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, the North Caucasus and Algeria, in addition to the group’s operational heartland in Iraq and Syria.
Notably, Islamic State attacks in Nigeria (referred to by the group as Wilayat Gharb Afriqiyya) in the reporting period had a higher death toll than recorded Islamic State attacks in Syria and had the highest average fatalities per attack of any wilaya.
“This underlines the nature of the group’s insurgency in Nigeria and several bordering countries, with its operations characterized by mass-casualty operations targeting the civilian population in the group’s northeast operational heartland,” Henman said. “Wilayat Gharb Afriqiyya, previously better known as Boko Haram, has maintained a high intensity of such operations despite a multinational counter-insurgency offensive that has been ongoing since March.”
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