Death toll from terrorism in Turkey fell from 659 to 123 in 2017, Global Terrorism Index 2018 says

Turkey records largest fall in terrorism across Europe

By Faruk Zorlu

ANKARA

Turkey recorded the largest fall in terrorism across Europe last year, a global terrorism ranking list said.

The Global Terrorism Index 2018 said fatalities from terrorism in the country fell from 659 in 2016 to 123 in 2017.

Across Europe deaths from terrorism reduced 75 percent.

The list based on 163 countries was released by Australia-based think tank Institute for Economics and Peace.

Turkey also showed a reduction in Daesh and PKK presence by 81 percent.

The deadliest terror attack in 2017 was the New Year’s Eve nightclub armed attack that killed 39 people in Istanbul, Turkey.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU — has been responsible for the deaths of some 40,000 people, including women and children.