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Reports on International Terrorism: Statistics on Incidents of Terrorism Worldwide

In 2016, a total of 11,072 terrorist attacks occurred worldwide, resulting in more than 25,600 total deaths and more than 33,800 people injured. These casualty figures include more than 6,700 perpetrator deaths and 1,600 perpetrator injuries. In addition, more than 15,500 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.  During 2016...  

  • The total number of terrorist attacks in 2016 decreased by 9% and total deaths due to terrorist attacks decreased by 13%, compared to 2015. This was largely due to fewer attacks and deaths in Afghanistan, Syria, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Yemen. Twenty-six percent of all deaths in 2016 were perpetrator deaths, up from 24% in 2015.
  • In several countries, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Somalia, South Sudan, and Turkey, terrorist attacks and total deaths increased in 2016.
  • Although terrorist attacks took place in 104 countries in 2016, they were heavily concentrated geographically. Fifty-five percent of all attacks took place in five countries (Iraq, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, and the Philippines), and 75% of all deaths due to terrorist attacks took place in five countries (Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Nigeria, and Pakistan).
  • The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was responsible for more attacks and deaths than any other perpetrator group in 2016. In particular, ISIS carried out 20% more terrorist attacks in Iraq, and caused 69% more total deaths in Iraq, compared to 2015. Beyond Iraq and Syria, ISIS and perpetrator groups that have pledged allegiance to ISIS carried out attacks in more than 20 different countries. In addition to Boko Haram in West Africa, the most active of the ISIS affiliates were located in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen.
  • The number of attacks in which victims were kidnapped or taken hostage continued to decline in 2016; however, the number of kidnapping victims and hostages continued to increase. Like in 2015, this was primarily due to a small 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


2016
 
11,072 25,621 33,814 15,543
 

Countries With the Most Terror Attacks (2016)

Country

Total Attacks

Total Killed

Total Wounded

Avg. Killed
per Attack

Avg. Wounded
Per Attack

Iraq

2,965

9,764

13,314

3.44

4.74

Afghanistan

1,340

4,561

5,054

3.58

4.03

India

927

337

636

.38

.73

Pakistan

734

955

1,729

1.34

2.43

Philippines

482

272

418

.58

.9

Nigeria

466

1,832

919

4.35

2.66


Source: United States Department of State