Countries with the highest number of deaths by terrorism in 2016, by percentage of total deaths

Countries with the highest number of deaths by terrorism 2016 The statistic shows the list of countries with the highest number of deaths caused by terrorist activities in 2016. The highest number of deaths from terrorism in 2016 occurred in Iraq, accounting for 38 percent of all deaths. In that year alone, terrorist incidents worldwide resulted in approximately 25,673 fatalities.
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Although terrorism is a worldwide problem, its victims are highly concentrated in certain areas of the world. The most prominent area to have fallen victim to terrorist attacks in recent times has been the region encompassing the Middle East and North Africa.
Following military invasions in both Afghanistan and Iraq respectively, the instability brought about by conflict allowed an opportunity for a number of terrorist groups to gain a strong foothold in the region. But groups committing terrorist acts are not solely concentrated in the Middle East as shown by 23 percent of terrorism related deaths worldwide in 2014 occurring in Nigeria. The rise of Boko Haram alongside Islamic State also heavily contributed to the number of terrorist attacks worldwide increasing considerably in 2014.
Terror attacks such as the bombing of the World Trade Centre in New York on September 11, 2011 gain the most attention in global media and generally result in increased counter terrorism efforts at home and abroad. However, the vast majority of attacks occur in the countries where the major terrorist organizations such as Al Qaeda and Islamic State are based. The lack of security and order present in places like Iraq and Afghanistan affords more opportunities to terrorist groups to commit more obvious acts of terrorism including armed assaults, the most common form of terrorist attack.
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Percentage of terrorism deaths
Iraq38%
Afghanistan17.8%
Rest of the World13.5%
Syria8.2%
Nigeria7.1%
Pakistan3.7%
Somalia2.9%
Turkey2.6%
Yemen2.5%
Democratic Republic of the Congo1.9%
South Sudan1.8%
Percentage of terrorism deaths
Iraq38%
Afghanistan17.8%
Rest of the World13.5%
Syria8.2%
Nigeria7.1%
Pakistan3.7%
Somalia2.9%
Turkey2.6%
Yemen2.5%
Democratic Republic of the Congo1.9%
South Sudan1.8%
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The statistic shows the list of countries with the highest number of deaths caused by terrorist activities in 2016. The highest number of deaths from terrorism in 2016 occurred in Iraq, accounting for 38 percent of all deaths. In that year alone, terrorist incidents worldwide resulted in approximately 25,673 fatalities.
Additional information on the targets of terrorism

Although terrorism is a worldwide problem, its victims are highly concentrated in certain areas of the world. The most prominent area to have fallen victim to terrorist attacks in recent times has been the region encompassing the Middle East and North Africa.
Following military invasions in both Afghanistan and Iraq respectively, the instability brought about by conflict allowed an opportunity for a number of terrorist groups to gain a strong foothold in the region. But groups committing terrorist acts are not solely concentrated in the Middle East as shown by 23 percent of terrorism related deaths worldwide in 2014 occurring in Nigeria. The rise of Boko Haram alongside Islamic State also heavily contributed to the number of terrorist attacks worldwide increasing considerably in 2014.
Terror attacks such as the bombing of the World Trade Centre in New York on September 11, 2011 gain the most attention in global media and generally result in increased counter terrorism efforts at home and abroad. However, the vast majority of attacks occur in the countries where the major terrorist organizations such as Al Qaeda and Islamic State are based. The lack of security and order present in places like Iraq and Afghanistan affords more opportunities to terrorist groups to commit more obvious acts of terrorism including armed assaults, the most common form of terrorist attack.
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Release date
November 2017
Region
Worldwide
Survey time period
2016
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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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