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Terrorist attacks: change in the number of deaths by region, 1970-2016

Source: START, 2016, Global Terrorism Database,


The diagram shows how numbers killed by terrorist attacks in large regions of the world evolved between 1970 and 2016. The Middle East and North Africa are the areas most affected by this spasmodic mass violence, which has considerably increased over the most recent period. The change is quite similar in sub-Saharan Africa and verging on it in Western Asia. The Global Terrorism Database is a compilation of different databases produced successively since 1970 by two US private security agencies and two university research centers on security (Universities of New Haven and Maryland). It is compiled from real-time recording of incidents and from retrospective research, and uses a broad definition of terrorist acts.


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