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Egypt Ranks High On Global Terrorism Index

Over 200 attacks in 2013 have placed Egypt at 13th out of 162 in the GTI.

Egyptians are constantly told that they should fear terrorist both in and outside of Egypt. With groups like Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, ISIS and Boko Haram growing there are no shortages of terrorist organisations to fear. All these threats have in turn given Egypt the ranking of 13th out of 162 countries according to the recently released Global Terrorism Index.

The Global Terrorism Index (GTI) report was published on Tuesday and found a lot of interesting facts that should put the fear of terrorism in a global perspective. “There were almost 10,000 terrorist attacks recorded in 2013 representing a 44% increase on 2012, resulting in almost 18,000 deaths representing a 61% increase from the previous year,” states the report. With terrorism clearly on the rise the report acknowledges that 66% of all total fatalities in 2013 could be blamed on four organisations; ISIS, Boko Haram, al Qa’ida and the Taliban.

At the same time the report also identifies that more than 80% of recorded deaths as a direct result of terrorism, took place in only five countries; Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and Syria. Looking for an explanation to why these countries are hot beds for terrorists, the report suggests that more than 90% of all terrorist attacks occur in countries with terrible human right violations.

Even though Egypt ranked 13th out of 162 countries in the GTI, it only suffered 202 attacks causing 181 fatalities and 450 injuries, which is a far cry from Iraq which tops the chart at 2,492 terrorist attacks, killing 6,362 people.