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Reports on International Terrorism:
Statistics on Incidents of Terrorism Worldwide

(Updated June 2015)


Terrorism Reports: Table of Contents | Terror Organizations | Incidents of Terrorism


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In 2014, a total of 13,463 terrorist attacks occurred worldwide, resulting in more than 32,700 deaths and more than 34,700 injuries. In addition, more than 9,400 people were kidnapped or taken hostage. In this report we describe patterns of worldwide terrorist activity with respect to changes during the year, geographic concentration, casualties, perpetrator organizations, tactics, weapons, and targets.

  • Although terrorist attacks took place in 95 countries in 2014, they were heavily concentrated geographically. More than 60% of all attacks took place in five countries (Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and Nigeria), and 78% of all fatalities due to terrorist attacks took place in five countries (Iraq, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria).
  • The number of terrorist attacks in 2014 increased 35% and total fatalities increased 81% compared to 2013, largely due to activity in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Nigeria. In certain countries, including Greece, Nepal, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Russia, terrorist attacks and total fatalities decreased.
  • The 81% increase in total fatalities was, in part, a result of certain attacks that were exceptionally lethal. In 2014, there were 20 attacks that killed more than 100 people, compared to two such attacks in 2013.
  • Terrorism in 2014 was marked by numerous kidnappings and hostage-taking events. More than 9,400 people were kidnapped or taken hostage in terrorist attacks in 2014, three times as many as in 2013. This trend was concentrated in certain countries, including Iraq, Nigeria, and Syria, and was particularly influenced by an increase in attacks that involved large numbers of hostages.
  • On average, there were 1,122 terrorist attacks, 2,727 deaths, and 2,899 injuries per month worldwide in 2014. There were 2.57 fatalities and 2.87 injuries per attack, including perpetrator casualties.
  • More than 6,200 of the 32,700 people killed in 2014 (19%) were perpetrators of terrorist attacks. Perpetrators were killed intentionally in suicide attacks, accidentally while attempting to carry out attacks, or by security forces or victims responding to attacks.
Year
Total Attacks
People Killed
People Injured
People Kidnapped
2007
14,415
22,720
44,103
4,980
2008
11,663
15,709
33,901
4,680
2009
10,968
15,311
32,660
10,749
2010
11,641
13,193
30,684
6,051
2011
10,283
12,533
25,903
5,554
2012
6,771
11,098
21,652
1,283
2013
9,707
17,891
32,577
2,990
2014
13,463
32,727
34,791
9,428

Countries With the Most Terror Attacks (2014)
Country
Total Attacks
Total Killed
Total Wounded
Avg. Killed
per Attack
Avg. Wounded
Per Attack
Iraq
3370
9929
15137
3.07
4.79
Pakistan
1821
1757
2837
0.99
1.61
Afghanistan
1591
4505
4699
3.16
3.25
India
763
426
643
0.59
0.90
Nigeria
662
7512
2246
12.8
6.31
Syria
232
1698
1473
8.24
9.32

Sources: United States Department of State

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