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New Delhi, July 23: A report by the US state department says that India is the 3rd largest terror target in 2016. Interestingly, India has replaced its estranged neighbour, Pakistan on the list and is just behind Iraq and Afghanistan.The report is prepared by a national consortium for the study of terrorism and responses to terrorism. The data revealed India’s position as the third largest terror target. According to it, out of the 11,072 terror attacks across the world in 2016, 927 took place in India. Reportedly this is 16 per cent more than what it was in 2015, that is 798. In 2016, 337 deaths were caused by acts of terror and it is 17 per cent more than 2015’s 289 deaths.The report also suggested that Pakistan saw a fall in the number of terror attacks. It reportedly registered a 27 per cent fall in terror attacks which reduced from 1,010 in 2015 to 734 in 2016. A report by Times of India suggests that this has primarily to do with the type of threat these countries faced.As per the report, Pakistan faces major threats from the terror groups it has allegedly harboured within its territory. But in the case of India, the threat is from terror groups which are operating from Pakistan. Moreover, India has terror groups which mushroomed with major threats to the nation. In this regard, the US report apparently labelled Naxals, the third most deadly terror organisation in the world after IS and Taliban.
The Naxal groups have been accused of 336 terror attacks in 2016 causing 174 deaths and injuring 141. Reportedly, more than half of the 927 terror attacks took place in majorly four states of Jammu and Kashmir, Chhattisgarh, Manipur and Jharkhand.The US data claim that Jammu and Kashmir saw a rise in terror attacks of at least 93 per cent, which is almost two-fold of the number presented by the Indian Home Ministry’s annual report of 2016-17. The Home Ministry registered a 54 per cent rise in terror incidents in Jammu and Kashmir.The report states how terror attacks in India caused 0.4 total deaths per attack in 2016. reportedly, 73 per cent of the terror attacks in India in 2016 were non-lethal.
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