Terrorism in Belgium

The risk of terrorist attacks in Belgium 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 8 terrorist incidents has been recorded, in which 41 people have been killed and 277 injured. Among them were 3 suicide acts.



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Most frequent attack targets in Belgium

(2013 to 2017)

TargetAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Private citizens4392700
Transportation2181350
Police2160
Airports & Aircraft1181350
Government1010


Most affected regions

(2013 to 2017)

RegionAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Brussels5221390
Wallonia2130
Flanders1181350


Terrorist organisations in Belgium

OrganisationAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Islamic State2352700
Muslim extremists1040
Jihadi-inspired extremists1100


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.