Ter­ror­ists step up killing spree

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LONDON: The num­ber of peo­ple killed glob­ally in ter­ror­ist at­tacks jumped by 61 per­cent last year, re­flect­ing the rise of Boko Haram and Is­lamic State ji­hadists, the In­sti­tute for Eco­nomics and Peace said yes­ter­day.

In its 2014 Global Ter­ror­ism In­dex launched in London, the Aus­tralian re­search group re­ported there were almost 10 000 ter­ror­ist at­tacks last year, a 44 per­cent in­crease on 2012.

The at­tacks re­sulted in 17 958 fa­tal­i­ties, up from 11 133 in 2012, with more than 80 per­cent of the deaths in five coun­tries: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pak­istan, Nige­ria and Syria.

Iraq was found to be the coun­try most af­fected by ter­ror­ism, record­ing a 164 per­cent rise in fa­tal­i­ties, to 6 362, with Is­lamic State re­spon­si­ble for most of the deaths.

Four groups – Is­lamic State, Boko Haram, al-Qaeda and the Tal­iban – were blamed for 66 per­cent of all fa­tal­i­ties.

But the re­port found that at­tacks had also in­creased in the rest of the world, with fa­tal­i­ties ris­ing by half the pre­vi­ous fig­ure, to 3 236 last year. A to­tal of 60 coun­tries recorded deaths from ter­ror­ist at­tacks last year.

The re­port high­lighted An­gola, Bangladesh, Bu­rundi, Cen­tral African Repub­lic, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Iran, Is­rael, Mali, Mex­ico, Myan­mar, Sri Lanka and Uganda as coun­tries at in­creased risk from ter­ror at­tacks. – Sapa-AFP

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