London: Pakistan has been ranked as third worst hit by terrorism in 2013, the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) report stated on Tuesday.
The number of deaths from terrorism increased by 61% between 2012 and 2013 in Pakistan. There were nearly 10,000 terrorist attacks in 2013, a 44% increase from the previous year, Dawn reported citing the Global Terrorism Index 2014 report.
According to the GTI report, four groups dominated the attacks — the Islamic State group, Boko Haram, al Qaeda and the Taliban — and were responsible for 66 percent of the fatalities.
The report further said more than 80 percent of the deaths from terrorist incidents were in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and Syria.
It said Iraq was the country most affected by terrorism, with 2,492 attacks that killed more than 6,300 people. It said the Islamic State group was responsible for “most” of the deaths in the country. Iraq recorded a perfect 10 Terrorism Index Score (TIS).
Following Iraq is Afghanistan with 1148 terror attacks killing 3111 people and 9.39 TIS.
Pakistan, ranking third out of 162 countries was recorded to have suffered 2345 fatalities and 5035 injuries in 1933 terror attacks. 701 events of loss or damage to property were also recorded in terrorism across the country in year 2013 with a TIS of 9.37.
Nigeria was recorded as the fourth worst hit by terrorism with 303 attacks resulting in 1826 fatalities and 8.58 TIS.
Syria ranked fifth, followed by India with the TIS of 8.12 and 7.86, respectively.
The report added militant groups Islamic State, al Qaeda, Boko Haram and the Taliban were behind most of the deaths, as per a BBC report.