India faced more terror attacks than Syria in 2016: US report

"On average, terrorist attacks in India caused 0.4 total deaths per attack in 2016, compared to 2.4 deaths per attack worldwide. Nearly three-quarters of attacks (73%) in India in 2016 were non-lethal," the report said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: July 23, 2017 11:04 am
2016 terrorist attacks, india terror attack, india and terrorism, 2016 terrorism in india, india news, indian express news The 2016 Uri terror attack had killed 19 army jawans. The US government’s report on terrorism notes that Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed a 93 per cent increased in the number of terror attacks in 2016. (Source: PTI Photo/File)

The US State Department recently released its annual report on terrorism which analyses the counter-terrorism initiatives adopted by different countries. The Country Reports on Terrorism 2016 also elaborates on the looming terror threat facing South Asian region and provides inputs to combat terrorism.

Indian government sources had earlier told The Indian Express that the segments on South and Central Asia “vindicate India’s longstanding position on the menace of cross-border terrorism in our region”. Along with the annual report, the Department of State is also required to release statistics on the number of individuals killed, injured or kidnapped by the terrorist group during the preceding calendar year.

Where does India stand?

According to the report, the number of terrorist attacks in India increased by 16 per cent in 2016 and the total number of deaths too went up by 17 per cent. Globally, however, the total number of terrorist attacks in 2016 decreased by 9 per cent and so did the total deaths due to terrorist attacks (13 per cent decreased). The report attributes this to fewer attacks in Afghanistan, Syria, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Yemen.

The same year, India was also ranked third — behind Iraq and Afghanistan — in the list of the countries that faced the most number of terrorist attacks.

“Compared to the other countries that experienced the most terrorist attacks and fatalities in 2016, the diversity of perpetrator groups was much greater in India, with 52 active groups,” the report stated along with adding that nearly two-thirds of the terrorist attacks carried out in India in 2016 (65 per cent) were attributed to the Communist Party of India-Maoist or Maoist perpetrators.

The naxals were classified third, above Boko Haram, in the list of terror groups responsible for carrying out the most number of attacks. Islamic State and Taliban makeup the top three.

The “lethality” of attacks in India, however, remained relatively low compared to other countries. “On average, terrorist attacks in India caused 0.4 total deaths per attack in 2016, compared to 2.4 deaths per attack worldwide. Nearly three-quarters of attacks (73%) in India in 2016 were non-lethal,” the report said.

Statistics also point towards the decrease in the number of perpetrator deaths in terror attacks, putting the number at 20 per cent. When it came to hostages, “the total number of people kidnapped or taken hostage in terrorist attacks in India, decreased 63 per cent, from 866 in 2015 to 317 in 2016.”

Over 47 per cent of the terrorist incidents in 2016 involved either bombings or explosions. Only 18 per cent were armed assaults. Kidnappings were also prevalent in India as it comprised of 15 per cent of all attacks, compared to the global record of 10 per cent. In addition to this, facility and infrastructure attacks also accounted for 12 per cent of all attacks, compared to 6 per cent worldwide.

When it came to locating the regions most affected by terrorism, the report noted that more than half of the terrorist attacks in India in 2016 took place in four states: Jammu and Kashmir (19 per cent), Chhattisgarh (18 per cent), Manipur (12 per cent), and Jharkhand (10 per cent). Notably, Jammu and Kashmir experienced a 93 per cent increase in attacks in 2016.

 

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    Rama
    Oct 8, 2017 at 12:11 pm
    Jinnu mujahid is the most worst sect in muslim community of kerala and there is no doubt about it.
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      Shameer
      Oct 8, 2017 at 12:02 pm
      Jinnu mujahid is already know for creating misunderstanding and hatred between Muslims and non Muslims. They even create hated between Muslims. Recently they started recruiting professional graduates to islamic state through yemen. They do practice exorcism and worship some islamic devils with their god alllah. They have many secret agendas like to make islamic state in kerala. They are very dangerous than popular front. Popular front kill people physically but ther exploit the mind of young students. They brainwash them and then recruits them
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        Habeeb
        Oct 8, 2017 at 11:42 am
        Jinnu mujahid a sect of Muslim in kerala is forcefully and secretly convertiing Hindus and Christians and then they are recruiting to islamic state through yemen and Syria. Be cautious of them. They do exorcism to convert people and brainwash students by visiting colleges and high schools. They are a combination of three terrorism, communalism and exorcism.
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          Shameer
          Oct 8, 2017 at 12:08 pm
          I agree with you. They love humiliating hindus and Christians. Tgey conduct many program to demolish the hindu concepts and Christian concepts and this creates a sense of hatred in the audience and then this people goes to their home and start arguing and forcefully even attack them physically. Mostly thaey target womans as tgey believe brainwashing women is easy. They ate the one who should be arrested and taked action first.. They have a new tagline called Global wisdom. Uts easy to identify people like them in Facebook and other social media. Should interrogate them they are secret terrorist with communal ideologies.
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            Rama
            Oct 8, 2017 at 12:12 pm
            Correct. Are you a Muslim!! Wierdo.. I think all Muslims hate them too, not only us.
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          Kamal Pasha
          Jul 23, 2017 at 10:26 pm
          Syria ia completely destroyed but India with more terrorists attacks is still intact. May be stone throwing Kashmiri youths are included as terrorists attackers. Ofcourse these people at State Department have been employed by Trump.
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            Shafted mohammed
            Jul 23, 2017 at 5:20 pm
            Thank god world is taking a note of this Isis is getting eliminated but all terror outfits and being nurtured and active support from the army of Pakistan now need to to be eliminated. Al quada has prospered and JUD , JEM , haqqani network , LET , HM and all ever emerging new groups with active funding from Pakistani military which is now the biggest terrorist organization of the world and what a mess they have also created in Afghanistan. World has to jointly act the way they acted against the ISIS.
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              Maddy
              Jul 23, 2017 at 6:19 pm
              In India, Maoists account 65 incidents as per this study
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