A new analysis of global terrorism found that deaths from terror increased 80 percent last year, with a total of 32,658 people killed in 2014, compared to 18,111 the year prior.
The "2015 Global Terrorism Index" found that the number of deaths in 2014 accounted for the "highest level ever recorded," according to a press release from the Institute for Economics & Peace, a think tank devoted to measuring peace around the globe.
See a shocking bar graph below that visually shows the stunning increase in deaths between 2000 and 2014:
More than half of the deaths were caused by the Islamic State and Boko Haram, a Nigerian terror group.
"The report, developed by the Institute for Economics and Peace and based on data from the Global Terrorism Database of START, reveals that just two terrorist groups, ISIL and Boko Haram, are now jointly responsible for 51 percent of all global fatalities from claimed terrorist attacks," read a press release announcing the results.
The statement continued, "Boko Haram, which pledged its allegiance to ISIL as the Islamic State's West Africa Province (ISWAP) in March 2015, has become the world’s deadliest terrorist group, causing 6,644 deaths compared to ISIL’s 6,073."
The report found that terrorism is quite concentrated in Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan and Syria, which is where 78 percent of all of the deaths in 2014 unfolded, with Iraq seeing the most people of any country — 9,929 — killed in 2014.
See the impact of terrorism around the globe below:
Despite the concentrated nature of these terror attacks, the countries in which there were more than 500 deaths more than doubled, growing from five to 11. Read more about the report here.
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