‘Islamist extremism caused 84,000 deaths worldwide in 2017’

From CBS News:

A new report tracking the roots, spread and effects of violent Islamist extremism found that 121 groups that share elements from a common ideology are now operating worldwide. Their activities resulted in the deaths of 84,000 people – nearly 22,000 of them civilians – in 66 countries in 2017, the report found.

In remarks at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Thursday that Islamist extremism is “global and growing.”

The news report mentions 7,841 attacks – an average of 21 per day –in 48 countries. Syria was the hardest hit country, counting 29 violent islamic groups. Among the worldwide total of 84,000 were 22,000 civilians – half of them were killed in Syria.


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