Philippines 10th most impacted by terrorism in the world

The Global Terrorism index ranked the Southeast Asian nation among some of the world's most volatile regions

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Mindanao, Philippines

Mindanao, Philippines (By Wikimedia Commons)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Australian think tank Institute of Economics and Peace recently published its 2018 Global Terrorism Index Report, in which the Philippines ranks 10th—the highest of all Southeast Asian countries.

The report gave the Philippines an index score of 7.181 out of 10, ranking it among some of the most volatile regions in the world. According to the report, there were 326 fatalities as a result of terrorist attacks in the Philippines last year, an 18 percent increase from the year before.

The New People’s Army, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, was responsible for the biggest proportion of killings in 2017, having conducted 235 attacks across 204 cities. Abu Sayyaf was the second biggest killer, claiming 37 lives, and the Maute Group, a manifestation of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, was responsible for 26 deaths—the third highest number.

33 percent of killings were committed by unknown actors, many of which are also likely to belong to the Maute Group or Abu Sayyaf, according to the report. Both groups have declared allegiance to the Islamic State.

Taiwan was ranked 99th this year; the report noting one terrorism incident on the island in 2017, with one person injured.

The Global Terrorism Index was first published in 2012. It systematically ranks countries according to terrorist activity based on a number of parameters including incidents, injuries and fatalities.

A map of the rankings can be viewed here, with the full report also available on the Vision of Humanity website.