Bombs terrorists’ weapon of choice

Bombs have been terrorists’ choice of weapon in more than half of the attacks on public surface transportation around the world since 2004.

This is amongst the findings of a study carried out by the Mineta Transportation Institute’s Brian Michael Jenkins and Bruce R Butterworth on the frequency and lethality of attacks on public surface transportation between 2004 and 2021.

Bombs have caused more than 60% of the resulting fatalities and more than three quarters of the injuries, according to the study. They are also more likely to be used in attacks in developing countries than in more economically advanced countries.

The Use of Explosive Devices in Attacks on Public Surface Transportation: Trends in Frequency, Lethality and Prevention is the third in a series published by MTI, and may be accessed in full here:

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