Terrorism-related deaths around the world dropped in 2017 for the third consecutive year, a new report released on Wednesday claims.
While attacks from groups like Daesh are becoming less frequent, terrorism from the far-right is becoming more and more common. The number of deaths worldwide due to terrorism by far-right groups and individuals increased from three in 2014 to 17 in 2017, the report notes.
“Far-right groups and individuals accounted for nearly 60 percent of extremist-related American deaths in 2017,” the report says. Globally, “there were 66 deaths from terrorism caused by far-right groups and individuals from 113 attacks for the years from 2013 to 2017. Of those, 17 deaths and 59 attacks occurred in 2017 alone.”
In 2017, “white power extremists” were behind nine attacks in North America, which saw a total of seven deaths.
The worldwide decline in terrorism and terror-related deaths was significant: a 27 percent decrease in one year. That’s 18,814 deaths compared to 25,774 in 2016. The figure has “now fallen 44 percent from its peak in 2014,” said the report, which was produced by the nonpartisan think tank Institute for Economics & Peace.
The report looked at 163 countries and found that 96 of them saw fewer deaths from terrorism during 2017 than in 2016, while 46 saw more.
The number of attacks taking place in the countries studied also decreased 23 percent between 2016…