India has witnessed more terror attacks than countries inlcuding Syria, Nigeria, Pakistan and Yemen — infamous for brutal terror attacks carried out by various internationally banned terror groups, ‘Country Reports on Terrorism 2016’ report released by US State Department says.
Terrorist attacks in India has increased by 16% in 2016 and total number of deaths went up by 17% in the same year, while, globally the trend has decreased by nine percent, according to the report.
India is only below Iraq and Afghanistan in the list of countries that have faced the most number of terrorist attacks in 2016.
The report stated that Jammu and Kashmir witnessed a 93 percent increase in attacks in 2016.
US States Department reported that half of the terrorist attacks in India in 2016 majorly took place in four states: Jammu and Kashmir (19%), Chhattisgarh (18%), Manipur (12%), and Jharkhand (10%).
Over 47% of the terrorist incidents that occurred in India involved either bombings or explosions. Only 18% were armed assaults. Kidnappings incidents were also prevalent in the country as it comprised of 15% of all attacks, compared to 10% globally. Facility and infrastructure attacks accounted to 12%, compared to 6% worldwide.
The report states, “Compared to the other countries that face the most terrorist attacks, the diversity of perpetrator groups was much greater in India, with 52 active groups.”
According to the state out of the total terrorist activated early two-thirds of the terrorist attacks carried out in India in 2016 (65%) were attributed to the Communist Party of India-Maoist.
The report further states that the deaths caused in the attacks, remained relatively low compared to the other countries. According to the report, in India 0.4 total deaths were caused per attack last year compared to 2.4 deaths per attack worldwide.
“Nearly 73% attacks in India in 2016 were non-lethal,” the report reads.
The report also states that kidnapping or taken hostage in terrorist attacks has decreased by 63% — from 866 in 2015 to 317 in 2016.