Global Extremism in July 2016


Global Extremism in July 2016

30 Aug 2016

At least 3,460 people were killed in incidents relating to violent extremism in 26 countries in July, according to the Global Extremism Monitor.

The Global Extremism Monitor tracks violent religious extremism, and state responses to it, worldwide. This update gives a snapshot of key incidents recorded in July 2016, a month marred by major Islamist extremist attacks in France, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. 

  • At least 3,460 people were killed in incidents relating to violent extremism in 26 countries. The fatalities included 1,214 religious extremists and 616 members of security forces. Some 1,523 civilians lost their lives in violent extremism and measures to counter it. The vast majority – 1,153  – were killed in extremist violence.
  • The Middle East and North Africa accounted for 64 per cent of global fatalities. Central and South Asia, the second highest, accounted for 17 per cent of the global total, sub-Saharan Africa was third with 16 per cent.
  • The following countries experienced the most violent extremism in July: Iraq, Somalia, Syria, Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Yemen.
  • Of 32 active extremist groups, ISIS in Iraq and Syria, al-Shabaab, and Boko Haram caused the most deaths.
  • The Monitor recorded 469 state and non-state counter-extremism incidents in July, compared to 210 acts of violent extremism.
Middle East and North Africa
  • Iraq, 3 July: A suicide truck bomb killed at least 324 civilians in a Baghdad shopping district. Minutes later, a roadside bomb killed five more. ISIS claimed responsibility.
  • Libya, 4 July: Forces loyal to the UN-backed government, supported by US-led airstrikes, captured Sirte city centre from ISIS control. At least 50 ISIS militants and 25 pro-government fighters were killed.
  • Syria, 21 July: Syrian regime strikes killed some 51 civilians, including 15 children, in rebel-held areas of the country. At least 15 of those killed were in east Aleppo.
  • Iraq, 27 July: Twin suicide bombings in Qamishli killed at least 50 people.
Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Somalia, 1 July: Al-Shabaab attacked a Mogadishu hotel, killing fifteen, including two lawmakers.
  • Nigeria, 28 July: The l ast town held by Boko Haram in Borno state was recaptured, according to the Nigerian army.
  • Mauritania, 26 July: Impacts of terrorism and approaches to countering it topped the agenda of the Arab League summit.
Central and South Asia
  • Bangladesh, 1 July: Attackers held hostages and killed 24 people in a Dhaka cafe. Five of the six militants were killed. ISIS claimed responsibility, but authorities blamed Islamist militant group Jamatul Mujahideen Bangladesh.
  • Afghanistan, 7 July: President Ashraf Ghani told security services to eliminate the income sources of the Taliban, ISIS, and other terror networks.
East and South East Asia
  • Indonesia, 19 July: Indonesia's most wanted militant, Santoso, also known as Abu Wardah, was killed by security forces. Wardah was the first Indonesian militant leader to pledge allegiance to ISIS.
  • France, 14 July: A lorry was driven into crowds in Nice on Bastille Day. Eighty-six  people were killed and 434 others wounded. ISIS claimed the attacker was a one of its 'soldiers.'

See the Data

Browse the Global Extremism Monitor findings on our interactive data map