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Terrorist assassinations by region, target

In the wake of December’s assassination in Turkey of the Russian Ambassador Andrey G. Karlov, START assembled two visuals about terrorist assassinations using the Global Terrorism Database.

Between 2010 and 2015, more than 40 percent of attacks were aimed at a non-diplomatic government target, while journalists and media members were increasingly targeted in that time frame. Assassination attacks in Western Europe have dramatically decreased since the 1970’s, with a majority of worldwide assassinations taking place in the Middle East/North Africa and South Asia in recent years.

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