Terrorism in Mexico

The risk of terrorist attacks in Mexico over the past years can be classified as almost insignificant. Compared to other countries here are only quite a few incedents. Over the past 5 years a total number of 37 terrorist incidents has been recorded, in which 59 people have been killed and 119 injured.

In 7 incedents a total of 17 people have been kidnapped or taken as hostage.

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Most frequent attack targets in Mexico

(2012 to 2016)

TargetAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Journalists & Media18161112
Transportation9000
Government3220
NGO3005
Private citizens23100
Business2371010
Police1200
Tourists1004


Most affected regions

(2012 to 2016)

RegionAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Mexico10000
Oaxaca4500
Veracruz4705
Tamaulipas3050
Federal3371010
Sonora2111
Chihuahua2200
Chiapas2005
Guanajuato2120
Guerrero2450
Nuevo Leon1100
Morelos1101
Coahuila1055


Terrorist organisations in Mexico

OrganisationAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Pagan Sect of the Mountain9000
Zetas1050
Individuals Tending Toward Savagery1371010


All information sourced from the "National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism" (START) and its Global Terrorism Database. An act of terrorism is concidered every incident which is aimed at attaining a political, economic, religious, or social goal, but not for pure profit motives. In addition these incidents must not be legitimized by warfare activities, listet in the Geneva Conventions of 1949.