Terrorism in the United States

The risk of terrorist attacks in the United States over the past years can be classified as low. Compared to other countries so far here are are only a few incedents. Over the past 5 years a total number of 189 terrorist incidents has been recorded, in which 224 people have been killed and 1393 injured. Among them were 2 suicide acts.

In 4 incedents a total of 6 people have been kidnapped or taken as hostage.

Topic page: Terrorism


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Most frequent attack targets in the United States

(2013 to 2017)

TargetAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Religious institutions5813100
Private citizens541421,2722
Business201209274
Police1824240
Government1320400
Abortion related9390
Educational institution613170
Airports & Aircraft5658610
Military4620
Utilities4000


Most affected regions

(2013 to 2017)

RegionAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
New York2114560
California1822290
Florida1457594
Texas149110
Washington10320
Louisiana810140
Missouri80110
Nevada7648510
Massachusetts752661
New Mexico6300
North Carolina6100
Oregon5210
Tennessee48140
Nebraska4000
Iowa4000
Indiana4010
Pennsylvania4130
Illinois4011
Virginia42280
Minnesota31150


Terrorist organisations in the United States

OrganisationAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Jihadi-inspired extremists12661281
White extremists11770
Anti-Muslim extremists10230
Anti-White extremists610101
Anti-Police extremists4780
Sovereign Citizen3160
Muslim extremists3343
Ku Klux Klan3000
Anti-LGBT extremists3020
White Rabbit Three Percent Illinois Patriot Freedom Fighters Militia2000
Environmentalists2000


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.