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Terror Attacks Are at 11-Year High in Wealthy Nations

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Police officers patrol near Galeries Lafayette SA department store during the first day of new year retail sales in Paris, France, on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. The Bank of France cut its forecast for fourth-quarter growth in the euro region's second-largest economy, confirming business has been affected by the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks that killed 130 in Paris.
Photographer: Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg

The world’s wealthiest nations experienced the worst year in over a decade for terrorist attacks and deaths in 2015.

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries suffered 731 attacks, a 23 percent increase from its previous high in 2004 after a steady rise over the past six years, according a new report by the Institute for Economics and Peace, which has been collecting data since 1997. Meanwhile Iraq, Nigeria, and Pakistan -- which account for a third of total incidents worldwide -- each declined by more than 20 percent.