23 June 2017 update: In Quetta, seven policemen are among 13 killed in suicide car bombing while in Parachinar, Kurram tribal agency, at least 25 people are killed and 300 injured in twin explosions. The Parachinar death toll later reaches 67 after some injured succumb to injuries.
Two Pakistani cities – Quetta and Peshawar – have been listed among the 20 most terrorist prone cities in the world in 2015, according to a report by World Economic Forum (WEF), Switzerland.
Titled ’15 years after 9/11 and the war on terror that followed, are we any safer?’ the WEF report contrasts high-profile attacks by extremists on major cities across Belgium, France, Lebanon, Turkey and the US with those in lesser-known cities around the world.
The 20 most terrorist prone cities ranking is based on the number of violent deaths per 100,000.
Iraqi city Ramadi has topped the list with 243 violent deaths per 100,000.
Quetta is at number 11 and Peshawar at number 15 among the 20 most terrorist prone cities.
Data from Global Terrorism Database show most terror victims came from a handful cities in six countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia and Syria.
Our earlier reports
Excerpts from WEF report are here:
The Global Terrorism Database and other reports issued by the US State Department have issued remarkably consistent findings over the past few decades. The vast majority of terrorist incidents are a function of hyper local political grievances in a small number of countries.
Data from the past several years show an overwhelming number of victims concentrated in a handful of cities in six countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia and Syria.
The extent of terrorist violence in these six countries is breathtaking. They are home to the world’s 20 most heavily targeted cities over the past four years.
A review of terrorism in over 2,100 cities revealed that violent death rates (per 100,000) were well above those one might expect in a war zone.
Major urban centres like Baghdad, Karachi and Mogadishu stand out. But it’s unlikely you’ve ever heard of most of the others.
Pakistan: The brighter side:
Predictably, most terrorist killings target densely populated areas, especially markets, bus stations and public buildings in cities.
However, a breakdown of the terrorism statistics suggests that it is not solely an urban phenomenon, much less one restricted to large cities.
It is also a function of the extent of urbanization in a given country and, just as important, terrorist tactics, which vary from place to place.
In Iraq, slightly less than 50% of terrorist killings occur in cities of over 250,000 people. In Syria, the proportion is 70%. Meanwhile, in Afghanistan the ratio is just 10% urban, while it falls to 8% in India.
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