Statistical Trends of Terrorism in Afghanistan 2017
Statistical Trends of Terrorism in Afghanistan 2017 provided vide the US Department of State. Bureau Of Counterterrorism And Countering Violent Extremism, Country Reports on Terrorism 2017 is as per succeeding paragraphs.
The total number of terrorist attacks in Afghanistan decreased 13 percent between 2016 and 2017, while the total number of deaths increased two percent. At the same time, perpetrator deaths declined eight percent, though the percentage of total fatalities in Afghanistan that were perpetrator deaths remained especially high – 46 percent, compared to 24 percent worldwide.
Like Iraq, Pakistan, India, and Somalia, Afghanistan experienced a large decrease (-51%) in the number of people kidnapped or taken hostage in terrorist attacks in 2017.
Information about perpetrator groups was reported for more than two-thirds of all attacks in Afghanistan in 2017 (69%).
The majority of these attacks (86%) were attributed to the Taliban. Attacks carried out by the Taliban in 2017 killed more than 3,500 people (including nearly 2,000 perpetrators) and wounded more than 3,100 additional people. These patterns were remarkably stable between 2016 and 2017.
The number of terrorist attacks attributed to the Khorasan branch of ISIS in Afghanistan more than doubled, from 58 terrorist attacks resulting in more than 500 deaths in 2016, to 119 attacks resulting in more than 670 deaths in 2017.
Four of the 20 deadliest individual attacks in 2017 took place in Afghanistan – in Kabul, Paktia, Paktika, and Sari Pul. Like Iraq, Afghanistan experienced deadly coordinated terrorist attacks in 2017. Of the 54 occasions in 2017 when more than 50 people were killed in terrorist attacks on one day in a particular country, more took place in Afghanistan (16 days) than in any other country.
Attacks against police targets comprised 42 percent of terrorist attacks in Afghanistan in 2017, up from 35 percent in 2016. The increase in attacks on police targets was concentrated in particular in attacks on police buildings, which increased from 87 in 2016 to more than 150 in 2017. Private citizens and property were targeted in one-quarter (24%) of the attacks in Afghanistan in 2017 (down from 33% in 2016), followed by attacks on general government targets which remained stable, comprising 12 percent of attacks in 2017.
In Afghanistan, nine percent of all terrorist attacks were suicide attacks in 2017. This represents a slight increase to 108 suicide attacks, from 100 in 2016.
Terrorist attacks continued to occur throughout Afghanistan in 2017, taking place in 32 of the country’s 34 provinces (with the exception of Daykundi and Panjsher provinces). However, there were some key geographic shifts. The provinces that experienced the most terrorist attacks in 2017 were Nangarhar (11% of all attacks; +29% compared to 2016), Kabul (8%; stable compared to 2016), Ghazni (7%; +37% compared to 2016), and Faryab (6%; stable compared to 2016). The number of terrorist attacks in Helmand and Kandahar provinces decreased in 2017 – down 42 percent and 36 percent, respectively – though violence in both provinces remained very deadly, resulting in hundreds of deaths.