Report Lists Cities Most Likely to be Hit by a Terrorism Attack
A report by global-risk-analysis firm Verisk Maplecroft has identified the cities most likely to be hit by a terrorist attack.
Maplecroft analyzed 1,300 of the world’s important urban centers and commercial hubs and ranked them based on the intensity and frequency of attacks in the year following February 2014.
Baghdad is considered the most at-risk city in the world, with 1,141 people dying in 380 attacks. In all, seven of the most at-risk cities are all in Iraq, including Mosul ranked at No. 2 and Ramadi at No. 3.
According to the index, 64 cities around the world are at “extreme risk” of an attack. Of those 64, 12 are capital cities such as Cairo, Abuja, Nairobi, and Islamabad.
There are 14 cities in Africa that have seen an increased risk of violence, which has been attributed to militant extremist groups Boko Haram and al-Shabab as well as political instability.
Three cities at extreme risk of attacks are in Europe, with Ukraine’s Luhansk ranked at 46, Donetsk at 56, and Grozny in Russia at 54.
The British city most at risk of an attack is Belfast (91), compared with Manchester (398) and London, which is ranked at 400.