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Published On: Sun, Nov 22nd, 2015

Terrorism: Factoids and Top 10 countries impacted

The Institute for Economics and Peace just recently published the 3rd edition of the Global Terrorism Index. The report provides a comprehensive summary of the key global trends and patterns in terrorism over the last 15 years with a special emphasis on 2014.

Boko Haram logo photo/Arnold Platon via wikimedia commons

Boko Haram logo photo/Arnold Platon via wikimedia commons

Let’s look at some of the findings they made in the latest report:

  • Terrorist activity increased by 80 per cent in 2014 to its highest recorded level. The largest ever year-on-year increase in deaths from terrorism was recorded in 2014, rising from 18,111 in 2013 to 32,685 in 2014. The number of people who have died from terrorist activity has increased nine-fold since the year 2000.
  • Boko Haram overtakes ISIL to become the most deadly terrorist group in the world. Deaths attributed to Boko Haram increased by 317 per cent in 2014 to 6,644. ISIL was responsible for 6,073 terrorist deaths.
  • Ninety-five of the 162 countries covered in the study experienced no deaths from terrorism, while 67 countries experienced one or more deaths from terrorist activity.
  • Private citizens are increasingly the targets of terrorist attacks. Deaths of private citizens increased by 172 per cent between 2013 and 2014 compared to the total number of deaths which rose 80 per cent.
  • The economic cost of terrorism increased by 61 per cent in 2014. The economic cost of terrorism reached its highest ever level in 2014 at US$52.9 billion. This is a 61 per cent increase from the previous year and a ten-fold increase since 2000.

The Top 10 countries most impacted by terrorism, in order are Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria, India, Yemen, Somalia, Libya and Thailand.

Other countries of note–Colombia (#17) was the highest rated in the Western hemisphere, Ukraine (#12) was the highest in Eastern Europe and the UK (#28) was the highest in western Europe.

China was #22, followed by Russia at #23. The US was #35. Just missing the Top 10 was the Philippines at #11.

Read the Global Terrorism Index 2015

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