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Impact of terrorism lower in Bangladesh than USA in 2017

  • Published at 01:10 am December 11th, 2018
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File photo: A group of armed para-commandos and RAB personnel form a perimeter around the militant hideout at Pathanpara in Shibbari, Sylhet ISPR

USA was ranked 20th in the index, and classified as having had high impact from terrorism

Terrorism had a lower impact in Bangladesh than in the USA in 2017, according to a recently published report by Australian think tank Institute of Economics and Peace.

The report, titled “Global Terrorism Index 2018,” ranked Bangladesh as 25th in terms of the impact of terrorism in 2017. This classifies the country as having had medium impact from terrorism.

On the other hand, the USA was ranked 20th in the index, and classified as having had high impact from terrorism.

As per the report, Bangladesh dropped by four ranks as compared to 2016, meaning the country has had a lower impact from terrorism in 2017. Conversely, the USA climbed 12 ranks after having been ranked 32nd in 2016. 

Myanmar, Pakistan, Afghanistan and India are also among the countries that have had a higher impact from terrorism than Bangladesh in 2017.

The Global Terrorism Index is produced based on data from the Global Terrorism Database (GTD). Data for the GTD is collected and collated by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland.

The key findings of the index include a 27% decrease in deaths from terrorism across the globe from 2016 to 2017. There were 18,814 deaths in 2017.

This is the third consecutive year that number of deaths from terrorism has decreased. Deaths are now 44% below their peak in 2014.

When compared to the peak of deaths from terrorism in 2014, the largest falls in the number of deaths occurred in Iraq, Nigeria, and Pakistan, with falls of 6,466, 5,950, and 912 deaths respectively.