0.7 percent of terror victims in Western Europe

0.7 percent of terror victims in Western Europe

Editor: Vladimir Bajic | Tactical Investor

Terror victims in Western Europe

Western Europe accounted for less than one per cent of the 34,676 people killed in “terror” attacks in 2016, and only two per cent of attacks, according to a new report. The Middle East and North Africa bore the brunt of last year’s violence, according to figures from the Global Terrorism Database maintained by the University of Maryland.

Wednesday’s report said Western Europe suffered 269 out of a total of 13,488 attacks and 0.7 per cent of victims – 238 out of 34,676. In contrast, attacks killed 19,121 people in North Africa and the Middle East – 55 per cent of the total. Iraq alone suffered nine of the 11 deadliest attacks in 2016, each claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, known as ISIS) group, the report said. Full Story

Terror victims in Western Europe & Trends

The 1970s and 1980s were Europe’s most violent decades in terms of terrorism after the Second World War (the wave of anarchist terrorism in the early 20th century was nearly as violent). During the peak of this period, terrorism claimed more than 400 victims in Europe per year, nearly double the number that has been killed in terrorist attacks over the last five years. Between 1985 and 1986, for example, France experienced no less than 13 terrorist attacks
on its territory.

Both left- and right-wing terrorists in the 1970s and 1980s claimed the lives of around 100 civilians.
While left-wing attacks were more frequent, rightwing attacks were more lethal: a single attack onBologna central train station by a fascist group left 85civilians dead in 1980, for instance. While terrorism during those two decades was a problem for several European states (it was a serious security issue forFrance, Germany and Italy), the overwhelming majority of European terror victims came from Spain and the UK: nearly 2,000 civilians were killed over the course of the conflict in Northern Ireland, and almost 900 fell victim to the actions of the Basque organisation ETA. Full Story

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