India loses maximum lives to terror except Iraq
Times of India Sept 7, 2007 http://www1.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/2312796.cms
‘In yesterday”s editionof TOI, in our front page lead report on the Hyderabad blasts, we had said thatterror groups have left India with perhaps the highest number of civilianvictims of terror (apart from war-torn countries likeIraq).
Later, on Sunday, whenwe looked in detail at the worldwide numbers, we found India not only had thehighest number of deaths after Iraq, but also the highest number ofterror-related incidents and injured among all countries (again, barring Iraq)— more than all the war zones around the globe. India has been hit byterrorists at will and with chilling regularity — Mumbai, Delhi,Bangalore, Hyderabad, Malegaon, Varanasi, J&K — the list isendless.
It”s only on one count— hostages taken by terror groups — that India”s at No 3, to Iraq”sNo 2. Guess which country was No 1? Nepal, that too by a huge margin, thanks tolarge-scale kidnappings byMaoists.
Indeed, if one had topick a terrorist hotspot on the globe it would have to be South Asia. Outside ofIraq, 20,781 people were killed in terrorist violence between January 2004 andMarch 2007, according to data available from the Worldwide Incidents TrackingSystem (WITS) of the US National Counter-Terrorism Centre (NCTC). Almost half ofthem, 9,283 to be precise, were killed in SouthAsia.
Besides India,Afghanistan has seen 2,405 lives being lost while more than 1,000 each have beenkilled in Pakistan and Nepal. Sri Lanka has had 866 terrorism-related deaths andBangladesh 158. Bhutan and the Maldives are the only South Asian nations not tohave lost lives to terror in thisperiod