Monday, November 15, 2010

India 15th on terror risk list

November 16th, 2010
DC Correspondent

London, Nov. 15: India has been categorised as an “extreme risk” nation in the index of global terror risk led by Somalia.

Somalia experienced 556 terrorist incidents, killing a total of 1,437 people and wounding 3,408 between June 2009 and June 2010. It dropped from 4 to 1 in this year’s index to become the world’s terrorism hotspot.

Risk of terrorist attacks in India may be lower than that in Top 5 extreme risk terror-hit nations — Somalia, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Occupied Palestinian Terrorities — but it is still in the 15th place in a global ranking that annually assesses the frequency and intensity of terrorist incidents in 196 countries.
“India experienced a total of 749 terrorist incidents between June 2009 and June 2010. This compares to 775 terrorist attacks between June 2008 and 2009, a year previously. Levels of terrorism in India have thus remained constant and the country’s ranking has remained in the extreme risk category,” the index explained.
India experienced a significant number of mass-casualty attacks — 127 attacks resulted in 100 or more fatalities.

India is facing threat from Islamist violence and from the Naxalites, who claim to be fighting for greater social justice for India’s rural poor, the report on the index explained.

The Naxals were believed to have been behind another train derailment in May 2010 in West Midnapore district in West Bengal. The derailment killed 148 and injured 200 or more people.

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