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Average number of people killed in terrorist attacks, by weapons used, 2000-2014

This statistic shows the average lethality of terrorist attacks from 2000 until 2014. During this period the average number fatalities caused by terrorist attacks was 2.4 deaths per attack. The number was significantly higher in cases where both explosives and firearms were used. In these cases the average number of fatalities was 6.8.

Average number of fataliites from terrorist attacks between 2000 and 2014, by weapon type used

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Release date

November 2015



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Supplementary notes

The name sizes used were as follows: overall n=72,184; explosives n=41,775; firearms n=24,428; explosives and firearms n=2,762.

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