A record number of people died in terrorist attacks in 2014, according to the recently released Global Terrorism Index. Terrorism has killed 32,658 people in the last year, compared to 3,329 terrorism deaths occurred in 2000.
What was more shocking was that 78 percent of the terror deaths occurred in just five countries:
Six other countries all suffered more than 500 deaths last year:
- Central African Republic
- South Sudan
84% of Americans consider terrorism a critical threat to the country.
But excluding 9/11, only 0.5 percent of terrorism attacks have occurred in western countries since 2000.
That number rises to 2.6 when counting 9/11
The terror attacks in France that killed at least 130 people are not covered in the report.
Also notable is that 80% of the terrorist attacks that occurred in the West over the past 9yrs were not perpetrated by Islamic fundamentalist. The majority of attacks were carried out by supremacy movements: Right-wing extremists, nationalists, anti-government radicals, etc.
Globally, Jihadist groups are behind most terrorism attacks. ISIS and Boko Haram combine to cause more than 50% of terrorism deaths alone.
Where those attacks occur underlines why many reports state that Muslims are the biggest victims of terrorism and why so many Syrian Muslims are seeking asylum.