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State Department: 35% increase in terrorist attacks worldwide

The U.S. State Department released the Country Reports on Terrorism on Friday, finding that nearly 33,000 people were killed and 34,700 injured in almost 13,500 terrorist attacks around the world in 2014.

That is a 35% increase in terrorist attacks and an 81% increase in total fatalities since 2013.

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The terrorist attacks took place in 95 countries but were concentrated in Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Nigeria, where nearly 60% of those attacks took place. Twenty attacks were particularly lethal, killing more than 100 people.

In 2013 there were only two such attacks.

The report points out that terrorism in 2014 was marked by numerous kidnappings and hostage-taking events citing more than 9,400 people kidnapped or taken hostage in terrorist attacks in 2014. That is three times as many as in 2013.

This particular trend, according to the report, is more concentrated in Iraq, Nigeria and Syria.

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