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START Provides Key Data for Annual Terrorism Report

May 31, 2013
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland's National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) played a key role in this year's “Country Reports on Terrorism,” issued by the U.S. Department of State.  Released this week, the congressionally mandated report included an Annex of Statistical Information prepared by START.

UMD's National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism played a key role in this year's “Country Reports on Terrorism,” issued by the U.S. Department of State.The Annex of Statistical Information is a guide to worldwide terrorist activity as reported by unclassified sources, such as the news media. In the statistical annex, START also describes the 2012 patterns of worldwide terrorist activity with respect to changes during the year, geographic concentration, casualties, perpetrator organizations, tactics, weapons, and targets.

The 2012 report marks the first year the statistical annex was prepared by START. In preparation for compiling the statistical annex, START’s Global Terrorism Database (GTD) team developed new tools to improve the efficiency and thoroughness of its data collection process and evolve its data collection methodology to improve the reliability, efficiency and thoroughness of the process.

Some highlights from the report include:

  • The statistical annex documents a total of 6,771 terrorist attacks that occurred worldwide and resulted in more than 11,000 deaths and more than 21,600 injuries.
  • More than 1,280 people were kidnapped or taken hostage.
  • On average, there were 1.64 fatalities and 3.20 injuries per attack, including perpetrator casualties.
  • More than half of all attacks (55%), fatalities (62%), and injuries (65%) occurred in just three countries: Pakistan, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
  • The highest number of fatalities occurred in Afghanistan (2,632); however the country with the most injuries due to terrorist attacks was Iraq (6,641).

The Country Reports on Terrorism and statistical annex are available through the State Department at http://www.state.gov/j/ct/rls/crt/2012/210017.htm.