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Jihadi attacks show 310% increase since 2010

There were 675 Islamist attacks in Africa in 2013. Last year, this number rose to 2,769.

FILE: A general view shows destruction in Sirte's Al-Giza Al-Bahriya district on 20 December 2016 after they drove the Islamic State (IS) group out of its Libyan stronghold. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA - Several studies show a dramatic growth in Islamist violence in Africa these past eight years.

Jihadi attacks have increased by 310% since 2010 and at least a dozen countries are affected.

There were 675 Islamist attacks in Africa in 2013. Last year, this number rose to 2,769.

There are various reasons given for this disturbing phenomenon such as slamic State turning to Africa after having lost its hold on the Middle East.

Long-standing conflicts continue to fuel the onslaught. Al-Sahaab in the Horn of Africa is responsible for more than half the attacks.

Like other terrorist groups, they’ve been driven from the urban areas, but return to wage asymmetric warfare.

Their soft targets include roads, vehicles and retail outlets along with hospitality venues, like hotels and restaurants.