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India among most dangerous places in the world

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Latest data from National Bomb Data Centre show that India suffered 212 bomb blasts in 2013 - more than double of what Afghanistan (with 108 blasts) suffered. Photo: The Times of India
Latest data from National Bomb Data Centre show that India suffered 212 bomb blasts in 2013 - more than double of what Afghanistan (with 108 blasts) suffered. Photo: The Times of India

You are more likely to die in a bomb blast in India than in Afghanistan, reports The Times of India.

Strange as it may sound, government data show 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, the report uploaded on the online version of the renowned Indian newspaper added.

Latest data from National Bomb Data Centre (NBDC) show that India suffered 212 bomb blasts in 2013 — more than double of what Afghanistan (with 108 blasts) suffered.

Facing internal strife, Bangladesh with 75 blasts and Syria with 36 blasts have done better.

While the number of blasts in India decreased from 241 in 2012 to 212 in 2013, casualties went up with 130 deaths and 466 injuries last year as compared to 113 deaths and 419 injuries in 2012.

Analysing the frequency of IED blasts in the country over the past decade, the document says between 2004 and 2013 "there have been an average of 298 blasts and 1,337 casualties in India".

This is again higher than Afghanistan which in the past five years witnessed a maximum of 209 such attacks in 2010, according to the data.

In fact, along with Pakistan and Iraq, India accounts for almost 75 percent of bomb blasts in the world.

However, India has done slightly better than the rest of the world in terms of the share of attacks targeted at common public.

While in the rest of the world, 69 percent of attacks are directed towards public, India registered 58 percent in this category with the rest being targeted at the security forces and government property.

Published: 10:41 am Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Last modified: 8:20 pm Tuesday, March 04, 2014

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