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Reports on International Terrorism:
Statistics on Incidents of Terrorism Worldwide

(Updated June 2016)


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


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Between 2014 and 2015 global terrorist attacks decreased in frequency by 13%, and total deaths from terror attacks decreased by 14%. 2015 saw a total of 11,774 terrorist attacks worldwide, resulting in 28,328 deaths and more than 35,000 injuries. In addition, more than 12,100 people were kidnapped or taken hostage. During 2015...

  • The total number of terrorist attacks decreased by 13% and total deaths due to terrorist attacks decreased by 14%, compared to 2014. This was largely due to fewer attacks and deaths in Iraq, Pakistan, and Nigeria. This represents the first decline in total terrorist attacks and deaths worldwide since 2012.
  • In several countries, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, the Philippines, Syria, and Turkey, terrorist attacks and total deaths increased.
  • Although terrorist attacks took place in 92 countries, they were heavily concentrated geographically. More than 55% of all attacks took place in five countries (Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Nigeria), and 74% of all deaths due to terrorist attacks took place in five countries (Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Syria, and Pakistan).
  • While the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was responsible for 31% fewer terrorist attacks in Iraq, the number of attacks carried out by ISIL in Syria increased by 39%. The geographic reach of attacks by ISIL and its affiliates expanded as several existing terrorist groups pledged allegiance to ISIL. In addition to Boko Haram in West Africa, the most active of these ISIL branches were located in Afghanistan/Pakistan, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen.
  • The number of attacks in which victims were kidnapped or taken hostage declined in 2015; however, the number of kidnapping victims and hostages increased. This was primarily due to an increase in the number of attacks involving exceptionally large numbers of victims.
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
2015
11,774
28,328
35,320
12,189

Countries With the Most Terror Attacks (2014)
Country
Total Attacks
Total Killed
Total Wounded
Avg. Killed
per Attack
Avg. Wounded
Per Attack
Iraq
2,418
6,932
11,856
2.99
5.23
Afghanistan
1,708
5,292
6,246
3.24
4
Pakistan
1,009
1,823
1,325
1.1
1.36
India
791
289
508
0.38
0.68
Nigeria
589
4,886
2,777
9.29
7.67
Egypt
494
656
844
1.34
1.73

Sources: United States Department of State

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