India has more bomb blasts each yr than Af, Syria
Is Among Three Most Dangerous Places Globally
Deeptiman Tiwary TNN
New Delhi: You are more likely to die in a bomb blast in India than in Afghanistan. Strange as it may sound, government data shows that India is among the most dangerous places in the world as far as bomb blasts per year are concerned—next only to Iraq and Pakistan, with even war-torn Afghanistan and Syria doing better.
In fact, along with Pakistan and Iraq, India accounts for almost 75% of bomb blasts in the world.
Figures from the National Bomb Data Centre show that India witnessed 212 bomb blasts in 2013—more than double of what Afghanistan (with 108 blasts) suffered. Bangladesh and Syria, facing internal strife, have done better with 75 and 36.
While the number of blasts in the country has decreased from 241 in 2012 to 212 in 2013, casualties have increased, with 130 deaths and 466 injuries in 2013 as compared to 113 deaths and 419 injuries in 2012.
India, with Pakistan and Iraq, accounts for almost 75% of bomb blasts globally India saw 212 bomb blasts in 2013, Afghanistan 108, Syria 36 Blasts down (from 241 in 2012 to 212 in ’13), but casualties up (130 from 113) From 2004-13, an average of 298 IED blasts killed 1,337 In India, public targeted in 58% strikes, globally 69%
Source: National Bomb Data Centre
Public targeted in 58% attacks in India
New Delhi:Analyzing IED blasts in the country, a government document says between 2004 and 2013, “there have been an average of 298 blasts and 1,337 casualties in India”. This is higher than Afghanistan which, in the past five years, has witnessed a maximum of 209 such attacks in 2010.
However, India has done slightly better than the rest of the world in terms of the share of attacks targeted at the common public. While in the rest of the world, 69% of attacks are directed towards public, India registered 58% in this category with the rest being targeted at the security forces and government property.
But even these figures could change. While security forces managed to decrease attacks on them by almost 40% last years as compared to 2012, attacks on public remained almost the same. “This is due to improved drills and alertness of security forces. A similar alertness and training is not there with the people,” an officer of the security establishment said.
An analysis of the attacks in India shows that the northeast region (Assam and Manipur worst affected) and Maoist areas (Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand registering most blasts) have contributed to over 80% of IED attacks while J&K saw a 50% rise in bomb blasts last year as compared to 2012.
Source :::: The Times of India, 04-03-2014, p.14, http://epaper.timesofindia.com/Default/Scripting/ArticleWin.asp?From=Archive&Source=Page&Skin=TOINEW&BaseHref=TOIM/2014/03/04&PageLabel=14&EntityId=Ar00103&DataChunk=Ar01402&ViewMode=HTML