Using data from the Global Terrorism Database, this report outlines:
- Terrorism in Belgium and Western Europe
- Attacks against transportation targets
- Coordinated terrorist attacks
- More than 140 terrorist attacks took place in Belgium between 1970 and 2014, causing more than 40 deaths and 230 injuries.
- More than 7,400 terrorist attacks worldwide between 1970 and 2014 targeted some form of transportation, including airports and aircraft, representing 5.3 percent of all attacks.
- More than 460 targets of terrorist attacks between 1970 and 2014 were airports, representing 6.4 percent of all transportation targets.
- More than 130 targets of terrorist attacks between 1970 and 2014 were subway systems, representing 1.9 percent of all attacks on transportation targets.
- Recently, attacks on transportation targets have been somewhat less prevalent. More than 1,400 such attacks took place between 2010 and 2014, comprising 3.0 percent of all attacks.
- More than 10,000 terrorist attacks worldwide between 2000 and 2014 (14%) were conducted in coordination with other attacks.
- ISIL, under its current incarnation, carried out more than 750 coordinated attacks in 2013 and 2014.
- More than 1,600 terrorist attacks were committed by ISIL in 2013 and 2014.
- More than 41,000 terrorist attacks between 2000 and 2014 (58%) involved the use of explosives.
- More than 3,600 terrorist attacks between 2000 and 2014 (5.1%) were suicide attacks.
The full report, including greater analysis, charts and graphs, is available on START's website athttp://www.start.umd.edu/pubs/START_BelgiumTransportationCoordinatedAttacks_BackgroundReport_March2016.pdf.
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