The Top 5 Countries Most Affected by Terrorism

  Country Terrorism Index Score
(out of 10)
Number of Deaths
% of Total Main perpetrators
1 Iraq 10.0 9,929
2 Afghanistan 9.23 4,505
13.8% Taliban
3 Nigeria 9.21 7,512
23% Boko Haram
4 Pakistan 9.06 1,760
5.4% Unknown
5 Syria 8.10 1,698
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  1. Terrorist activity increased by 80 per cent in 2014 to its highest recorded level. The largest ever year-on-year increase in deaths from terrorism was recorded in 2014, rising from 18,111 in 2013 to 32,685 in 2014. The number of people who have died from terrorist activity has increased nine-fold since the year 2000. (a.)
  2. Boko Haram overtakes ISIL to become the most deadly terrorist group in the world. Deaths attributed to Boko Haram increased by 317 per cent in 2014 to 6,644. ISIL was responsible for 6,073 terrorist deaths. (a.)
  3. Terrorist activity is highly concentrated. Five countries accounted for 78 per cent of deaths. Fifty-seven per cent of all attacks and 78 per cent of all deaths occurred in only five countries; Iraq, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria. (a.)
  4. Almost 60 per cent of the countries covered in the GTI experienced no terrorist deaths in 2014. Ninety-five of the 162 countries covered in the study experienced no deaths from terrorism, while 67 countries experienced one or more deaths from terrorist activity. (a.)
  5. Thirteen times as many people are killed globally by homicides than die in terrorist attacks. At least 437,000 people are victims of homicide each year, which is over 13 times more than the number of victims of terrorism. (a.)
Top 5 facts sources:
a. Institute for Economics and Peace: "Global Terrorism Index 2015"
Tags: War and the Military, Crime & Punishment Statistics, Weapons and Arms Statistics, The Middle East

Sources:  Institute for Economics and Peace: "Global Terrorism Index 2015"

List Notes: Data is the top 5 countries that are affected by terrorism the most. Data is for the year 2014. Deaths and injuries are those caused by a terrorist attack. Percentage of total is the percentage of all terrorism related deaths in 2014. The global terrorism index measures changing patterns of terrorism by geographic activity, methods of attack, the organizations involved and the national economic and political context. There are four factors measured in each country's yearly score: the total number of terrorist incidents in a given year in a given country, the total number of fatalities caused by terrorism in a given year in a given country, the total number of injuries caused by terrorism in a given year in a given country and the approximate level of total property damage from terrorist incidents in a given year in a given country. Terrorism is defined as the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives."
Countries Most Affected by Terrorism

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