Terrorist incidents are much higher in European OECD countries than North American and Latin American countries in 2013, according to new figures.
Turkey and Mexico had the highest number of deaths from terrorism within the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) forum, losing 57 and 40 lives respectively.
Steve Killelea, chairman for the Institute for Economics and Peace, attributed the growing number to state-based policies. He said: “Terrorism doesn’t arise on its own; by identifying the factors associated with it, policies can be implemented to improve the underlying environment that nurtures terrorism.
“The most significant actions that can be taken are to reduce state-sponsored violence such as extra-judicial killings, reduce group grievances and hostilities, and improve effective and community-supported policing.”
According to a study from the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR), of the 34 OECD countries, 20 are believed to have citizens fighting in Syria against the Assad government.
At the same time, over 80 per cent of the deaths were said to have been recorded in just five countries: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and Syria. More than 6,000 people were reported to have died in Iraq alone.
- Terror deaths rose sharply in 2013 (newsnextbd.com)
- 2014 Global Terrorism Index: Number of Lives Lost to Terrorism Increased 61% YOY; Number of Countries Experiencing 50 or More Deaths Increased 60% YOY (prnewswire.com)
- Terrorism fuelled by state violence, extra-judicial killings and ethnic tensions (independent.co.uk)
- Surge in global ‘terror attack deaths’ – Arab News (arabnews.com)