Friday, 19 August 2016 - 10:13
Terror deaths in Western Europe at highest level since 2004
The start of 2016 saw the highest number of terrorism deaths in Western Europe since 2004, a BBC research has revealed.
The first seven months of the year saw 143 deaths, which is also the second worst seven-month period since 1980.
The Madrid train bombings in March 2004 left 191 people dead.
However, researchers pointed out that the 1970s saw several years with higher terrorism death tolls, so Western Europe is not "in a downward spiral".
And only 6% of worldwide terrorism deaths in the first seven months of 2016 happened in Western Europe, with many more attacks in countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Nigeria.