Report: Pakistan saw downswing in terrorism in 2016

Pakistan Forward

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan enjoyed a decrease in terror attacks and related deaths from 2015 to 2016, says a report published Wednesday (November 16).

Terrorists in Pakistan took at least 956 lives in 736 attacks in 2016, according to the 2017 Global Terrorism Index (GTI) produced by the Sydney-based Institute for Economics & Peace, reported Dawn.

That is compared to 1,008 incidents and 1,086 fatalities in 2015, according to the previous GTI.

The number of people killed worldwide in extremist attacks overall declined for the second straight year in 2016, but more countries were affected, AFP reported.

There were 25,673 deaths worldwide last year due to terror attacks -- down 22% from a 2014 peak, the report said.

Significant decreases occurred in Syria, Pakistan and Afghanistan, reported AFP.

However, the deaths attributed to the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) increased by nearly half in 2016, including a 40% rise in Iraq.

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