Global Terrorism Index: India stands 4th

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New Delhi, Dec 5: Recently, Indian government patted its back for hanging Ajmal Kasab, the lone-surviving terrorist of Mumbai Terror Attacks 2008. But, execution of Kasab is not going to end India's threat to terror attacks. According to the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) report released by Australia-based Institute for Economics & Peace, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan were among the nations most impacted by terrorism in 2011.

The study further states that terror strikes worldwide had increased fourfold since the start of the Iraq war in 2003. Only 31 of the 159 countries ranked have not experienced a terrorist attack since 2001, states the report. The GTI revealed that Pakistan, India and Afghanistan accounted for 12 per cent, 11 per cent and 10 per cent of global terrorist incidents, respectively, from 2002 to 2009. GTI puts India into fourth place among worst affected nations.

According to the figures put out by the institute, there had been 529 incidents of terrorism in India in 2011 that had taken the lives of 402 people and injured 687. India's high numbers come in the period 2006-2010 when the casualty figures averaged more than 600 per year, peaking at 735 in 2009 and 772 in 2010. However, in terms of public perception, there is little doubt that 2008, the year in which the Indian Mujahideen carried out a number of bombing attacks across the country, and the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT) strike in Mumbai would have been the deadliest year for the country.

The index scores 158 countries over the last 10 years, taking into account factors like number of terrorist incidents, fatalities, injuries and property damage, stated a report of Reuters.

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