Number of casualties due to terrorism worldwide between 2006 and 2015

The statistic shows the number of deaths due to terrorism worldwide between 2006 and 2015. 28,328 people were killed by terrorists in 2015.


Terrorism worldwide

Terrorism is often defined as unlawful violence or systematic use of terror against civilians or politicians for ideological or political reasons, with the intention to create fear. Terrorism is practiced by nationalistic groups, religious groups, revolutionaries and ruling governments.

The number of terrorist attacks worldwide declined between 2006 and 2013. In 2006, about 14,371 terrorist attacks were counted, while in 2006, 9,707 terrorist attacks were counted. The fear of terrorism is still instilled in many people's minds. According to Gallup’s survey, which was conducted among adults in the United States in 2013, 34 percent of the participants stated that they were very worried about the possibility of future terrorist attacks. Only 10 percent of the participants said that they were not at all worried.

The number of deaths due to terrorist attacks worldwide between 2006 and 2013 declined by about 2,500 killed people but increased from 2012 to 2013 with a number of 6,000 killed people.

Compared to other countries, Africa was the country with the highest lethality due to terrorist attacks in 2010. 879 attacks were recorded on the continent and 2,137 people had been killed in these attacks. 704 terrorist attacks were counted in Europe and Eurasia and caused around 355 killed people.

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 Number of deaths
2006 20,487
2007 22,719
2008 15,708
2009 15,310
2010 13,186
2011 12,533
2012 11,098
2013 18,066
2014 32,763
2015 28,328
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