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LONDON: Despite a drop of 10 per cent worldwide, terrorism continues to haunt the world as the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) said on Wednesday internationally there had been 29,376 deaths caused by terrorism in 2015, the first fall in four years, as action against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq and Boko Haram in Nigeria cut the numbers killed there by a third.

The annual index ranks countries based on data from the Global Terrorism Database run by a consortium based at the US University of Maryland.

Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan and Syria, which accounted for 72 per cent of all deaths, were the top five ranked countries in the GTI.

The United States ranked 36th, with France 29th, Russia 30th and the United Kingdom 34th.

The global economic impact of terrorism was assessed to be $89.6 billion with Iraq suffering the greatest impact, at 17 per cent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Deaths from terrorism in OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries increased by a massive 650 per cent last year despite a marked fall globally as Islamic State (IS)and Boko Haram militants suffered military defeats at home but committed more attacks abroad, a report said.

IS was the deadliest group in 2015, the report said, overtaking Boko Haram with attacks in 252 cities that led to 6,141 deaths.

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