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2016 Was Deadliest Year Ever for Suicide Bombings

Bus explosion in Israel, April 2016 (Photo: Israel Police/@Micky Rosenfeld)

Last year, nearly 500 suicide bombings in 28 countries left 5,650 people dead. The Times of Israel's Avi Issacharoff explains that this is the deadlest year ever for suicide bombings, which shows that terrorists have redoubled their efforts:

The year 2016 was the deadliest in the history of suicide terrorism, an Israeli think tank said, with 469 suicide bombings carried out by 800 perpetrators in 28 countries, causing the deaths of about 5,650 people.

Islamic State was the leading perpetrator of suicide bombings worldwide, being directly or indirectly responsible for approximately 70 percent (322) of the attacks, according to statistics compiled by the Terrorism and Low Intensity Conflict Research Program at Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS).

As the terror group loses territory, “it appears that suicide terrorism will be a key tool for the Islamic State in consolidating its image as invincible, creating deterrence against its enemies, and taking revenge for the international activity against it,” the think tank said Thursday.

“The Islamic State’s partners and other terrorist groups will also likely redouble their efforts to carry out mass casualty large-scale terrorist attacks...”

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