Deaths From Terrorism Decline As ISIL's Power Fades

The number of deaths from terrorism fell for the third consecutive year as ISIL's stranglehold weakened.

Deaths from terrorism fell 27 percent last year, with 18,814 people killed in attacks in 2017.

The Global Terrorism Index found Islamic State or ISIL remained the deadliest terror group.

However, after losing many of its income streams and most of its territory -- including the cities of Raqqa and Mosul -- deaths attributed to the group fell 52 percent (from 9,150 to 4,350).

"The turn-around in its fortunes is remarkable as 2016 was its deadliest year on record," the report stated.
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The group's decline led to sizable drops in the number of deaths in Iraq (9,783 down to 4,271). It was the lowest number of deaths since 2012.

Despite this, Iraq remained the country most impacted by terrorism with nearly 2,000 attacks.

However, the deadliest attack of 2017 wasn't in the Middle East and it wasn't carried out by ISIL.

On October 14, in the East African nation of Somalia, a suicide bomber detonated a truck full of explosives outside a busy hotel.

The blast killed 588 people. Islamist group Al-Shabaab, which is an affiliate of Al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility.

A survivor in the wreckage of the Mogadishu bombing Credit: Getty

"This bombing was the world’s deadliest terror attack since 2014 and the fifth deadliest terror attack since the year 2000," according to the report.

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Four terror groups were responsible for more than half of all deaths. They were ISIL, the Taliban, Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram.

Australia wasn't immune to terror and ranked 68th in the report. There were three deaths in 2017.

In April, service station worker Zeeshan Akbar was allegedly stabbed by two teenage boys while working a night shift in Queanbeyan, New South Wales.

The 29-year-old of Pakistani descent died at the scene. 

In Brighton, Victoria, Yacqub Khayre shot and killed building clerk Kai Hao in a serviced apartment complex.

After taking another person hostage the 29-year-old was shot dead by police.

Globally the number of deaths is at its lowest level since 2013.

However, it is still nearly three times higher than the toll in 2001.