The number of fatalities due to Ramadan-tied jihad attacks has tripled in comparison to this time in the Muslim holy month than last year.
So far, 1,404 have been killed by Islamic hands in “allahu akbar”-like attacks — and that’s with a few days left in Ramadan. By this time last year, however, the number of murders stood at 421.
Add in the injuries, and the Ramadan rage has really been intense, it seems.
“With less than one week left in this year’s holiest month for Muslims, the fatalities at 1,404 have more than tripled the estimated 421 that took place during the entire Ramadan period last year, considered one of the bloodiest in recent memory.
“The 2,741 total number of casualties (1,404 murders and 1,337 injuries) have more than doubled the estimated 1,150 (421 deaths and 729 injuries that took place in 2016.
“There have been at least 135 deadly incidents in more than 20 mainly Muslim nations during Ramadan this year, which began on May 27 and expected to end on June 24.
“In an audio message released last week purporting to originate from the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), the jihadist group urges its followers and sympathizers to launch attacks in the United States, Europe, Russia, Australia, Iraq, Syria, Iran, and the Philippines during the ongoing Islamic holy month.
“Reuters acknowledges that the authenticity of the recording cannot be independently verified, noting that the voice is the same as previous messages purported to come from the ISIS spokesman.
“ISIS has issued multiple messages urging jihadists to carry out violent attacks during the holy month of Ramadan.
“Consistent with the years since the group surfaced in 2014, ISIS and its affiliates, including Boko Haram, are the top culprit behind deadly incidents during Ramadan this year.
“The Taliban, as well as al-Qaeda and its offshoots, have also been involved in the killing and murder of mainly fellow Muslims.”
Ramadan ends June 24.
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