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Terrorist attacks in Bangladesh increased last year: US

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Dhaka : The U.S. State Department has said that the terrorist attacks have increased in Bangladesh last year.

However, the total number of global terrorist attacks in 2015 fell by 13 percent when compared to 2014, read the 2015 Country Reports on Terrorism prepared by the University of Maryland, reports the Daily Star.

State Department Acting Coordinator for Counter-terrorism, Justin Siberell, said that fatalities as a result of terrorist attacks declined for the first time since 2012 as terrorist attacks decreased by 14 percent, principally as a result of fewer attacks and deaths in Iraq, Pakistan and Nigeria, three of the five countries worst affected by terrorism.

He said that figures showed the terror threat “continued to evolve rapidly in 2015, becoming increasingly decentralised and diffuse”.

More than 28,300 people died – a 14 percent decline and about 35,300 others were wounded in 11,774 terrorist attacks worldwide last year, the data compiled by the University of Maryland showed.

The U.S. State Department also said that extremists were exploiting frustration in countries “where avenues for free and peaceful expression of opinion were blocked”.

The state department pointed that Islamic State was the biggest single threat and the group has attracted affiliates and

supporters in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

The report also said Iran was the biggest state sponsor of terrorism, saying it supported conflicts in Syria and Iraq, and was also implicated in violent Shia opposition raids in Bahrain. (ANI)

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