Terrorist attacks drop nearly 12% worldwide in 2011, U.S. report shows
Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan account for some 64 percent of attacks worldwide.
The number of terrorist attacks worldwide dropped 11.6 percent in 2011 to a five-year low, as the number of people killed in such attacks also dropped, the U.S. State Department said Tuesday.
There were 10,283 terrorist attacks last year, down from 11,641 the year before, according to data provided by the National Counterterrorism Center and included in the State Department's annual report.
The majority of the attacks continued to occur in the Near East and South Asia, with Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan accounting for some 64 percent of attacks worldwide.
Africa also saw a rise in attacks, which increased 11.5 percent to a five-year high of nearly 1,000 attacks, largely due to a terror campaign waged by Nigeria-based group Boko Haram.
The number of deaths due to terrorist attacks fell 5 percent to 12,533 from 13,193 in 2010.