Terrorism in the United Kingdom

The risk of terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom 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 559 terrorist incidents has been recorded, in which 56 people have been killed and 409 injured. Among them were 2 suicide acts.

In 9 incedents a total of 13 people have been kidnapped or taken as hostage.

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Most frequent attack targets in the United Kingdom

(2013 to 2017)

TargetAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Private citizens283523068
Police8371143
Religious institutions50120
Business35231214
Government16110
Educational institution5020
Transportation40320
NGO3000
Military2100
Utilities2000


Most affected regions

(2013 to 2017)

RegionAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Northern Ireland4671012412
England85452821
Scotland5130
Wales2000


Terrorist organisations in the United Kingdom

OrganisationAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Dissident Republicans852143
The New Irish Republican Army25440
Oglaigh na hEireann24082
Anti-Muslim extremists101170
Informal Anarchist Federation6000
Muslim extremists37520
Jihadi-inspired extremists212480
South East Antrim Brigade2100
Neo-Nazi extremists2110
Islamic State2231480
Anti-Semitic extremists2000


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.