Global terror deaths rose sharply in 2013

Posted: November 18, 2014 in World News


BBC News- The number of deaths from terrorism increased by 61% between 2012 and 2013, a study into international terrorism says.

There were nearly 10,000 terrorist attacks in 2013, a 44% increase from the previous year, the Global Terrorism Index 2014 report added.

The report said militant groups Islamic State, al- Qaeda, Boko Haram and the Taliban were behind most of the deaths.

Iraq was the country most affected by terrorism, the report said.

The report by the Institute for Economics and Peace says that nearly 18,000 people died from
terrorist attacks in 2013.

“Not only is the intensity of terrorism increasing, its breadth is increasing as well,” it notes.
Steve Killelea, IEP executive chairman, told the BBC the latest increase in deaths from terrorism
was primarily due to the civil war in Syria, which began in 2011.

“The destabilisation in Syria, which has now overflowed into Iraq, is where we feel the
upsurge in terrorism,” Mr Killelea said.

Global terrorism index 2014
-10,000 terror attacks in 2013
-17,958 deaths – That’s a 61% increase on 2012
-14,722 deaths in just five countries: Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria
-6,362 deaths in Iraq – the country worst- affected
-60 countries around the world recorded deaths from terrorism

Source: Institute for Economics and Peace


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