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Terrorism in Burma

The risk of terrorist attacks in Burma over the past years can be classified as high. Compared to other countries, it is still placed somewhere in the middle of a terrorism ranking. Over the past 5 years a total number of 216 terrorist incidents has been recorded, in which 286 people have been killed and 204 injured.

In 33 incedents a total of 560 people have been kidnapped or taken as hostage, though a ransom was rarely (2 times) extorted.

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Most frequent attack targets in Burma

(2013 to 2017)

TargetAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Private citizens76133111281
Police60124623
Business241110263
Government2316108
Religious institutions9290
Transportation8000
Journalists & Media5051
Military513440
NGO3261
Educational institution3101


Most affected regions

(2013 to 2017)

RegionAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Rakhine11420126116
Shan5273141429
Kachin234711
Yangon11250
Sagaing6003
Mandalay40130
Bago2210
Kayin24100
Magway1000
Kayah1011


Terrorist organisations in Burma

OrganisationAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Rohingya extremists171538
Muslim extremists11321
Karen National Union9370
Al-Yakin Mujahidin31640
Rohingya Solidarity Organization1410
Student Network of Mandalay1003


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.
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