Number of casualties due to terrorism worldwide between 2006 and 2016

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Number of deaths
200620,487
200722,719
200815,708
200915,310
201013,186
201112,533
201211,098
201318,066
201432,763
201529,424
201625,621

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The statistic shows the number of deaths due to terrorism worldwide between 2006 and 2016. 25,621 people were killed by terrorists in 2016. The number of terrorist attacks worldwide declined between 2006 and 2016. In 2006, about 14,371 terrorist attacks were counted, while in 2016, 11,072 terrorist attacks were counted.
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 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.

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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Release date
July 2017
Region
Worldwide
Survey time period
2006 to 2016
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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