Colombia ranks 6th on the Terrorism Risk Index, released annually by British risk analyst Maplecroft. According to the company, the Andean nation is one of 16 “extreme risk” countries.
Countries with highest terrorism risk
According to Maplecroft, the Terrorism Risk Index (TRI) is developed “to enable organisations to identify and monitor terrorism risks to human security and international assets. The index uses data from June 2009 to June 2010 to assess the frequency of terrorist incidents and the intensity of attacks, which includes the number of victims per attack and the chances of mass casualties occurring. It also includes a historical component assessing the number of attacks between 2007 and 2009 and looks at whether a country is at risk from a long-standing militant group operating there.”
Colombia rose two places compared to last year’s TRI, when the country ranked eighth.
The U.S. State Department last week issued an updated travel warning for U.S. citizens visiting Colombia, adding a caution that “terrorist activity” is a threat. The warning led to protests by Bogota that safety conditions in Colombia are “exceptional.”