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Terrorism - kidnappings grouped by country 2007-2019

In 2019, a total number of 2,895 people were kidnapped as a result of terrorism. That was the lowest number since 2012 when 1,283 people were kidnapped. By comparison, the most kidnappings was recorded in 2016, reaching 15,664 cases.

Number of worldwide kidnappings due to terrorism from 2007 to 2019

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Sources

Release date

June 2020

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2007 to 2019

Supplementary notes

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).
Data for 2007 to 2017 has been taken from respective previous publications.

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