An annual count of terror attacks mounted to 11,774 in the year of 2015, which claimed 28,328 lives and injured 35,320.
India stood fourth amongst the worst-hit countries, left behind only by Islamic countries Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Claiming the lives of 289 Indians, the attacks were mostly caused by Naxalites, around 43% of a total 791 attacks observed nationwide.
The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism and the US state department recognised Taliban, Islamic State and Boko Haram as the most notorious of these terrorist groups. The three were followed by CPI(M).
Holding responsibility of 176 deaths in 343 terror attacks, CPI(M) was the fourth deadliest terror group. Taliban was held responsible for 4,512 lives in 1,093 strikes while IS claimed 6,050 lives in 931 attacks. Boko Haram was involved in the killing of 5,450 people in 238 attacks. The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) claimed the 5th position, with 286 killings in 238 strikes.
Most of such attacks in India were observed in the states of Chattisgarh, Manipur, J&K and Jharkhand, with Chattisgarh being the worst hit state. The state also observed twice as many attacks in 2015 than the previous year.
Another figure suggests that kidnappings by these terror groups tripled in the year. Naxals held responsibilty of nearly half of the attacks in India.
A Ministry of Home Affairs report also stated that between the years of 2010 and 2015, 2,162 civilians had lost their lives with 802 other security personnel killed in Naxal attacks.
The report also stated that the lethality of such attacks was low considering the amount of attacks. With the rise in the number of attacks, number of terrorists killed also witnessed a 20% rise.