Department of State of USA released Country Reports on Terrorism 2014

Jun 20, 2015 11:00 IST

The Department of State of USA on 19 June 2015 released a report titled Country Reports on Terrorism 2014. The report delineated violence caused by terrorist activities across the world during 2014.

According to the report, in 2014, nearly 33000 people were killed in almost 13500 terrorist attacks around the world. That's up from just over 18000 deaths in nearly 10000 attacks in 2013.

Main highlights of the report

• Rise in attacks in 2014 were due to increased terror activity in Iraq, Afghanistan and Nigeria.
• Attacks were largely at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.
• Boko Haram, militant group based in Nigeria, raised the number of terror acts by more than a third, nearly doubled the number of deaths and nearly tripled the number of kidnappings.
• There were 20 attacks that killed more than 100 people each in 2014, compared to just two in 2013.
• Among the 20 mass casualty attacks in 2014 were the December attack by the Pakistani Taliban on a school in Peshawar that killed at least 150 people, and the June attack by ISIL fighters on a prison in Mosul, Iraq, in which 670 Shia prisoners died.
• Terror attacks took place in 95 countries in 2014, but were concentrated in the Middle East, South Asia, and West Africa.
• Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and Nigeria accounted for more than 60 percent of the attacks and, if Syria is included, they accounted for 80 percent of the fatalities.
• There has been rise in the number of so-called lone wolf attacks in the West and the use of more extreme methods of violence by fighters to repress and frighten communities under their control.

Report with respect to India

• India continued to be a major target for a range of terrorist groups; in 2014, around 400 people were killed as a result of terrorist attacks in India.
• Ineffective implementation of anti-money laundering (AML) and counterterrorist financing (CFT) laws, especially with regard to criminal convictions.
• India is restricting its enforcement of anti-hawala prosecutions to non-financial businesses only.
• United States investigators have had limited success in coordinating the seizure of illegal proceeds with their Indian counterparts.

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