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Deaths from Terrorism

Law & Crime | November 29, 2015
Excel Sheet

Deaths from terrorism have increased dramatically over the last 15 years. The number of people who have died from terrorist activity has increased ninefold since the year 2000, according to the Institute for Economics and Peace.

Last year 32,700 people were killed in attacks worldwide, nearly twice as many as in 2013. Most of the deaths were in the Middle East and Africa - Iraq, Nigeria, Syria, Pakistan and Afghanistan together accounted for three-quarters of the global total in 2014. 

Nigeria experienced only 5% of the incidents but had the second highest number of deaths at 23%. Boko Haram, a jihadist group that operates mainly in northern Nigeria and Cameroon was responsible for over 6,600 killings.

Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan have all been ranked in the ten countries with the highest number of deaths from terrorism for every year in the last ten years. 

Unfortunately, this year the toll may turn out to be even higher than in 2014