Terrorism has increased dramatically over the last decade. In 2013 alone there was a 61% increase in the number of people killed in terrorist attacks. In the same year, there was a total of 9,814 terrorist attacks which killed 17,958 people.
While terrorism is increasing, the types of attacks, weapons used and targets are also changing. If we look at where the majority of terrorism is happening, we can see that it is very concentrated. In 2013, 82% of all those who were killed in terrorist attacks were in just 5 countries.
In analysing these five countries and others that suffer a high impact of terrorism, we can start to understand the sort of environments where terrorism can flourish. While drivers of terrorism are often complex, countries with higher levels of terrorism were found to have three common traits: greater hostilities between different ethnic, religious and linguistic groups, a high level of state sponsored violence, and high levels of crime and violence.
The map below shows the worst terrorist attacks (in terms of the number of people killed) since 2000 in red, and the worst attacks in 2013 in blue.
In 2013, the five worst terrorist attacks, in terms of the number of people killed, were:
Nigeria, 17th of September members of Boko Haram set up illegal checkpoints and killed 142 civilians.
Syria, on the 22nd of July, assailants attacked soldiers and civilians in the town of Khan Al-Assal, killing 123 people.
Pakistan, on the 10th of January, suicide bombers detonated inside a snooker all in Quetta killed 107 people and wounding 169. Lashkar-E-Jhangvi were responsible.
Pakistan, on the 16th of August, another attack in Quetta killed 91 people and injured 169 when an explosives laden water tanker detonated in a vegetable market.
Pakistan, on the 22nd of September, in Peshawar, 87 people were killed and a further 131 injured when two suicide bombers detonated outside a church in Peshawar city. Jundallah were responsible.
Nigeria suffers the 4th largest impact of terrorism of all 162 countries on the Global Terrorism Index. With news of an estimated 2,000 people killed by Boko Haram in Baga, we take a look at the state of terrorism in Nigeria.
Pakistan suffers the third greatest impact of terrorism of 162 countries on the Global Terrorism Index. As reports unfold of a terrorist attack on a school in Peshawar, we take a look at some of the facts about terrorism in Pakistan.
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Terrorism dominates global news headlines, but when we look at the numbers we can see that the vast majority of terrorist attacks take place in just five countries.
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