In­dia witnessed third high­est ter­ror at­tacks in 2016: Re­port

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per cent in at­tacks in 2016, it said.

In its an­nual re­port, the de­part­ment said the num­ber of ter­ror­ist at­tacks has in­creased by 16 per cent and the to­tal num­ber of deaths has in­creased by 17 per cent in In­dia in 2016.

Although In­dia ranked third among coun­tries that ex­pe­ri­enced the most ter­ror at­tacks in 2016, the lethal­ity of these at­tacks re­mained rel­a­tively low com­pared to other coun­tries that also ex­pe­ri­enced a great deal of ter­ror vi­o­lence.

On av­er­age, ter­ror at­tacks in In­dia led to 0.4 deaths per at­tack in 2016, com­pared to 2.4 deaths per at­tack world­wide, the re­port said.

Nearly three-quar­ters of at­tacks at 73 per cent in In­dia in 2016 were non-lethal, the re­port said.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, the dead­li­est at­tack in In­dia in 2016 took place in July, when the Com­mu­nist Party of In­dia - Maoist det­o­nated ex­plo­sives and opened fire on Cen­tral Re­serve Po­lice Force per­son­nel in Bi­har. Six­teen peo­ple were killed in the at­tack, in­clud­ing six as­sailants. Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, a ma­jor­ity of ter­ror­ist at­tacks in In­dia in 2016 in­volved ei­ther bomb­ings/ex­plo­sions at 47 per­cent or armed as­saults at 18 per cent.

In ad­di­tion, kid­nap­pings were par­tic­u­larly preva­lent in In­dia at 15 per cent of all at­tacks, com­pared to 10 per cent world­wide, as were fa­cil­ity/in­fra­struc­ture at­tacks at 12 per cent of all at­tacks, com­pared to 6 per cent world­wide, the re­port said.

The re­port ranked the Philip­pines at fifth po­si­tion with 482 ter­ror­ist at­tacks and Nige­ria at sixth po­si­tion with 466 at­tacks.

In 2015, Iraq at 2418 at­tacks and Afghanistan at 1708 at­tacks were ranked first and second re­spec­tively, while Pak­istan took the third spot with 1009 ter­ror­ist at­tack. Pak­istan was ranked second in 2014, when it ex­pe­ri­enced 1823 ter­ror­ist at­tacks.

In 2013, there were as many as 1920 ter­ror­ist at­tacks in Pak­istan, killing 2315 peo­ple.

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