Nine numbers on terrorism you should know


The number of lives lost to terrorism last year.
Terrorist activity increased by 80% in 2014 to its highest recorded level, 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.


5 countries account for 78% of deaths from terrorism in 2014. 
Terrorist activity is highly concentrated: five countries - AfghanistanIraqNigeriaPakistan and Syria - accounted for 57% of all attacks and 78% of all deaths in 2014. 

US$52.9 billion

The cost of terrorism in 2014.
The economic cost of terrorism increased by 61% in 2014, reaching its highest ever level at US$52.9 billion. 


67 countries experienced one or more deaths from terrorism in 2014.


95 countries – almost 60% of the 162 countries covered in the Global Terrorism Index - experienced no deaths from terrorism in 2014.


Only 2.6% of deaths from terrorism have occurred in the West since 2000.
The majority of deaths from terrorism do not occur in the West. Excluding the September 11 attack, only 0.5% of deaths from terrorism have occurred in the West since 2000. Including September 11, the percentage reaches 2.6.


Lone wolf attackers accounted from 70% of all deaths from terrorism in the West from 2006 - 2014, with the rest being unknown or group attacks by more than three attackers.


From 2006 - 2014, 80% of deaths by lone wolf terrorists in the West were driven by right wing extremism, nationalism, antigovernment sentiment and political extremism and other forms of supremacy. Islamic fundamentalism was not the main cause of deaths from lone wolf terrorism in the West over the last nine years.

Source: 2015 Global Terrorism Index

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