Terrorism: Where it’s worst- A global perspective

Police react to a suspicious vehicle near La Carillon restaurant following a series of deadly attacks in Paris, November 15, 2015. Photo by Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

Police react to a suspicious vehicle near La Carillon restaurant following a series of deadly attacks in Paris, November 15, 2015. Photo by Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

The ISIS terror attacks in France last week have put much of the Western world on increased security alerts. While the primary focus of many media organizations has been on ISIS, another terrorist group may be even worse in committing atrocious acts against innocent men, women and children. How do we put these acts of terrorism into a global perspective and who are the primary purveyors of terrorism?

The recently released Global Terrorism Index, a product of the Institute for Economics and Peace, shows that terrorism is on the rise. In addition, the study also reveals that a majority of the deaths are concentrated in a few countries.

According to the recently released report, terrorism continues to rise, with over 32,000 people killed in terrorist attacks in 2014, the highest number recorded. Despite being highly concentrated in five countries, terrorism is spreading, with more countries recording attacks and deaths.

Now in its third year, the Global Terrorism Index provides a detailed analysis of the changing trends in terrorism across 162 countries, over the last 15 years. It investigates the patterns of terrorism by geographic activity, methods of attack, organisations involved and the national economic and political context.

Below are three visualizations that illustrate the rise in global terrorism, as well as the impact that terrorism has on each nation.

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The visualization graphics data is curated by findthedata.com and sourced from  the Global Terrorism Database.

KEY FACTS

  • Deaths from terrorism increased 80% last year to the highest level ever, with 32,658 people killed, compared to 18,111 in 2013.
  • Boko Haram and ISIL were jointly responsible for 51% of all claimed global fatalities in 2014.
  • 78% of all deaths and 57% of all attacks occurred in just five countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan and Syria.
  • Iraq continues to be the country most impacted by terrorism with 9,929 terrorist fatalities the highest ever recorded in a single country.
  • Nigeria experienced the largest increase in terrorist activity with 7,512 deaths in 2014, an increase of over 300% since 2013.
  • The global economic cost of terrorism reached an all-time peak at US$52.9 billion.
  • Since 2000 there have been over 61,000 terrorist attacks, killing more than 140,000 people.
  • Thirteen times as many people are killed globally by homicides than die in terrorist attacks.

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