How safe are we in terror Britain today?

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British MPs have stood in silence to remember victims of the Westminster terror attack.

A packed House of Commons and the rest of the country stopped for one minute to honour those who lost their lives, including Pc Keith Palmer who manned the gates at parliament.  He was murdered as he tried to stop the attacker.

Three people and the terrorist are dead after he brought horror to central London, mowing down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and slashing at police with knives in the grounds of the Houses of Parliament. People were hit when a 4×4 drove along the pavement on the bridge seriously injuring pedestrians before crashing. May was bundled into her car by a plain-clothes police officer and driven   from the scene as the attack unfolded.

The attack comes a year to the day after the terrorist atrocities in Brussels.

Meanwhile, police across Britain are sending out anti-terrorism squads to shopping centres, transport hubs and tourist spots to watch for extremists.

Greater Manchester Police recently strengthened their numbers at markets across the city and concrete barriers have been put up in the centre of Birmingham to stop would-be terrorists from using car or truck bombs to attack.

It also emerged recently that 200 undercover SAS soldiers are to be deployed on Britain’s streets to assist police forces in the event of an attack.

So, how dangerous are things on Britain’s streets today ..?

The Global Terrorism Index shows the impact terrorism has had on the world in 2015 and makes it clear that Isis is leading Boko Haram as the most dangerous group in the world, responsible for 6,141 deaths in 250 cities.

The UK and United States are described as being ‘above average’ victims of terrorism. Australia is a lower terrorism risk and comes in as the 59th. 

Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan and Syria were the countries hit hardest, accounting for 72 per cent of all terrorism deaths last year.

There were also the attacks in Paris last year where 136 people died in a hail of bullets and – less than a year earlier 12 people were murdered in the offices of the magazine Charlie Hebdo. Two days after the Charlie Hebdo massacre hostages were taken in Port de Vencennes. Four were killed.

In October, the Airbus A321, flight 9268, with 214 Russian and three Ukrainian passengers and seven crew, was attacked by Isis over Egypt.

Poland and Vietnam, perhaps not unexpectedly, are the least beleaguered countries.

And on the positive side, deaths from terrorism decreased by ten per cent in 2015 to 29,376. This is the first decrease since 2010.

However, Isis-affiliated groups carried out attacks in 28 countries in 2015, up from 13 countries in 2014. 

The most fatal terrorist attack to date was carried out by ISIL when they executed 300 civilians in Qaim, Iraq.

Twenty-three countries recorded their highest number of deaths from terrorism in 2015. Thirty-four countries were completely free of terrorism in 2015.

The annual GTI is produced by Australian think tank, the Institute for Economics and Peace.

Although these figures are frightening, they do not compete with what is described in the US as the Golden Age of terrorism in the 1970s. Terrorism in the United States was a  common feature of life: There were literally hundreds of terrorist bombings, shootings and hijackings .

During the decade of the 1970s terrorists killed 184 people in the States and injured more than 600 others. Since 9/11, terrorists have killed 74.

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