People killed by terrorism 'risen by nearly a third'

The amount of people who have been killed in acts of terrorism across the world has risen by nearly a third over the last twelve months, British experts have found. Risk analysis company Maplecroft found over the last 12 months, global deaths have risen 30% compared to the previous five-year average.

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Investor confidence 'has been hurt' by terrorism

Investor confidence "has been hurt" by terrorist attacks carried out in emerging economies rich in natural resources, an expert has warned.

Jordan Perry, a principal political risk analyst at Maplecroft, said:

Libya, Kenya and Egypt are among a handful of countries to witness a significant increase in risk...and investor confidence in key sectors, including tourism and oil and gas, has been hurt.

When faced with rising security costs and decreasing safety for their personnel, companies can, and do, reconsider their country-level commitments.

– Jordan Perry

Terrorism increases 'in China, Egypt, Kenya and Libya'

China, Egypt, Kenya and Libya are most likely to experience significant increases in terrorist attacks, according to risk experts.

Maplecroft's Terrorism and Security Dashboard found:

  • Twelve countries are classed as "extreme risk"; Iraq topped the list, followed by Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon and Libya.
  • It also includes the growth economies of Nigeria, the Philippines, Colombia and Kenya.
  • Iraq, rated as the highest risk country, recorded more than three times as many acts of terrorism as Pakistan with 3,158 attacks resulting in 5,929 deaths - an increase of 2,188 on the previous year.
  • In Nigeria, the campaign of violence by Islamic militant group Boko Haram saw the country record the highest number of fatalities per attack, resulting in 3,477 killed - an average of 24 people killed per attack, compared to two deaths per attack in Iraq.

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Number killed by terrorism 'risen by nearly a third'

The number of civilians killed in a terrorist attack has risen by nearly a third in a year, British experts have found.

People are least likely to survive a terrorist attack in Nigeria, Maplecroft found. Credit: PA

Risk analysis company Maplecroft found deaths across the globe from acts of terrorism rose 30% compared to the previous five-year average.

Maplecroft found in the 12 months before July 1 there were 18,668 fatalities compared to an average of 14,443 for the five years before that - a 29.3% increase.

According to a Maplecroft dashboard, Iraq has endured the highest number of attacks in the last year with 3,158 incidents, while terrorism in Nigeria is the world's deadliest, recording the highest number of deaths per attack, with an average of 24.

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