Terrorism, primarily at the hands of the Afghan Taliban, killed more people in Afghanistan than in any other country last year, according to the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) 2018 released by the Institute for Economics and Peace on Wednesday.
In Afghanistan, ISIS was “responsible for 14 percent of terrorism deaths, or 658 people in 2017, a 26 percent increase from the prior year,” the GTI report noted.
The four terrorist groups responsible for the most deaths in 2017 were the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the Taliban, Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram.
In 2012, just prior to the large increase in terrorist activity around the world, these four groups were responsible for 32 per cent of all deaths from terrorism.
Despite the record number of terrorism-linked deaths, the index ranked Afghanistan as the second country most impacted by terrorism, after Iraq.