Terrorism - number of attacks worldwide 2006-2019

How many terrorist attacks occur worldwide every year? In 2019, 8,302 terrorist attacks were recorded globally. That was among the lowest number of incidents since 2006, when the number peaked at 14,371 cases.

Terrorist attacks

In recent years, the number of terrorist attacks reached a low in 2012 with 6,771 attacks globally. In 2014, the number of attacks had more than doubled to 13,463 attacks. The majority of terrorism acts have been located in Middle Eastern countries such as Afghanistan and Syria, which suffered 1,294 attacks and 871 attacks respectively.


Terrorism in the United States

Soon after the September 11, 2011 attacks in the United States, the fear of another terrorist attack was prominent among American citizens. The Al-Qaeda terrorist attack killed some 3,000 people on this occasion, in comparison; some 202 people were killed in another October 2002 attack in Bali, Indonesia. In 2002, 49 percent were worried a great deal about terrorist attacks but the percentage of concerned citizens dropped to 34 percent by 2013. About 13 percent of citizens also claimed they were very dissatisfied with the nation’s security from terrorism and almost half stated that they believed that the government’s policies had not gone far enough to adequately protect the country. Some studies have shown that Americans fear an attack from terrorism more than the prospect of being a victim to a violent crime or even being hospitalized, which could indicate a necessity to increase understanding of public attitudes in order to improve programs used to manage public risk perception.

Number of terrorist attacks worldwide between 2006 and 2019

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Release date

June 2020

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2006 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Data for previous years can be found here: Country Reports on Terrorism.

Terrorism is the systematic use of terror, especially as a means of coercion. In the international community, however, terrorism has no universally agreed, legally binding, criminal law definition. Common definitions of terrorism refer only to those violent acts which are intended to create fear (terror), are perpetrated for a religious, political or ideological goal, and deliberately target or disregard the safety of non-combatants (civilians).

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