Global ‘terror’ death toll soared in 2014, US gov’t says
Islamic jihadists fuelled a huge spike in terror attacks last year with the global death toll soaring 81 percent in more than 1,100 assaults a month, the United States said Friday.
There were 13,463 attacks in 95 countries in 2014 — up by a third from the year before — with Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan bearing the brunt of extremist violence, the State Department said in a report.
The largest number of attacks were carried out by Islamic State ( IS) militants, who unleashed 1,083 assaults last year as part of a deadly march across Iraq and Syria. The Taliban were the next most lethal group, with 894 attacks.
There was also a sharp rise in violence in Nigeria, where Boko Haram’s Islamist militants have been spreading terror in the north. Some 7,512 people were killed in 662 attacks.
The report also highlighted a rise in “lone offender violent extremists in the West” such as the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January in Paris.
“The terrorism challenges that we face continue to evolve at a rapid pace and we cannot predict with precision what the landscape will look like one decade or even really a year from now,” said top U.S. counterterrorism envoy Tina Kaidanow, unveiling the 2014 Country Reports on Terrorism.
“We must do more to address the cycle of violent extremism and transform the very environment from which these terrorist movements emerge.”
of the recorded attacks were in war zones, Kaidanow denounced the “savagery” seen last year which had spurred the high death toll.
Yemenis inspect the site of an explosion near the old city of Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, June 20. The car bomb exploded in front of a mosque in the capital Sanaa Saturday afternoon, killing several people and wounding at least six others, security officials said. The Islamic State branch in Yemen’s capital claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted on an Islamic State Twitter account, saying they were targeting Shiite Houthi rebels.