India is seventh worst hit country by terrorism: Global terrorism report

File photo: Security personnel during a gunfight with terrorists in south Kashmir's Pulwama district. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 20, 2019, 08.37 PM (IST)

India has been ranked 7th in the countries suffering the most deaths from terrorism in 2018, according to 2019 Global Terrorism Index Report.

India is ranked third in the countries with the greatest number of terrorist attacks with nearly 748 recorded terror incidents in 2018.A total number of 350 Indians killed and 540 injured in these incidents.

India has recorded a slight improvement in the number of terrorist attacks in the country, while also recording a slight decrease in the number of deaths. 

In 1998, about 4.3 people were killed in each attack. That dropped to 1.6 deaths per attack in 2008, and 0.5 in 2018. "In 2018 alone, 69 per cent of attacks had zero fatalities and 22 per cent had one fatality", says the report.

Globally, terrorism-related deaths have fallen for the fourth consecutive year after peaking in 2014. The number of deaths have decreased by 52 per cent in four years, while the total number of deaths have decreased by 15 per-cent in 2018.

While this data represents constructive progress, the report also signals towards some alarming facts. 

The report says that 71 countries suffered at least one terrorism-related death in 2018, the second-highest number since the beginning of the century.

South Asia has had the highest impact from terrorism since 2002.

The number of deaths by far-right terrorism has increased by 52 per cent in 2018 and the trends continuing this year.

According to the report, the attacks by the Taliban were deadlier than those committed by any other group in 2018. Due to which, Taliban overtook ISII or Islamic state of Iraq and the levant to become the deadliest terrorist group in the world.

It is worth noting, the Taliban is responsible for most terror-related deaths in Afghanistan and hence, it has overtaken Iraq to become the worst affected in 2018.