Terrorist attacks, fatalities on rise

Published May 1, 2007

WASHINGTON - Deaths and injuries from terrorist attacks increased sharply last year, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan, with government officials, police and security guards coming under greater attack than ever before, the State Department's annual survey of global terrorism concluded Monday.

The scorecard on terrorist trends and attacks found that more than 20, 000 people died and more than 38, 000 were injured in about 14, 000 incidents last year, an increase of 6, 000 deaths, or 30 percent, over 2005, according to the report.

As in 2005, the vast majority of incidents and deaths occurred in the Mideast and South Asia, primarily in Iraq and Afghanistan. The two regions also accounted for 90 percent of the 290 attacks considered high-casualty incidents because they killed 10 or more people, the report said.

It said 45 percent of all incidents considered terrorist attacks, about 6, 600, occurred in Iraq, killing at least 13, 340 people. The Iraq fatalities are about 65 percent of the worldwide total.

Russell Travers, deputy director of the National Counterterrorism Center, which compiled the statistics, said analysts used the State Department's definition of terrorist attacks. That includes many attacks in Iraq that some say are not terrorist incidents but acts of guerrilla warfare. U.S. troops aren't included in the figures.