Europol reports: Terrorism in the EU 2006-2016
Less terrorism attacks but still many casualties last year according to the yearly Europol report. We've updated our charts.
With 142 the number of terrorism attacks is at the lowest level since reporting by Europol begin in 2006. But the number of attacks from Seperatists and ethno-nationalists has risen again to 99. Three quarters of those attacks come from dissident Republican groups related to the Northern Ireland issue. [top most graph]
But even with the low number of attacks, the number of people killed was still 135. Together with 2015 this marks the second very violent year in the EU since the Madrid (2004) and London (2005) bombings. [graph at the bottom]
Again more than a thousand terrorism related arrests were made. And a record number of people (533) were convicted of terrorism or the preparation.
Over 70% of all arrests are related to Jihadist terrorism.
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For the second year in a row the number of terrorism attacks and the number of people killed by them dropped. Most attacks are still happening in the Middle East.
DATA VAN DE DAG - Europol reported on all the terrorism attacks in 2015 today. We've combined their data for the last 5 years. It paints a bleak picture.
This weekend a terrorism attack in Bagdad killed over 200 people and last week an attack on an airport in Turkey killed over 40. Some media outlets suggested that the attacks might be related to the period of Ramadan. We used data from the Global Terrorism Database to check if there's a significant association to be found in the last 10 years.
ACTUALITEIT - Because of the recent terrorism attacks in Europe we've plotted the GTD data and most recent figures in several graphs for Western Europe.