Ask anyone who follows the news where on earth does the most number of blasts take place and you are most likely to get the answer as Iraq or Afghanistan or Syria.
The fact is that the country which has witnessed the highest number of bomb blasts in the last two years is India.
According to data compiled by the National Bomb Data Centre (NBDC) of the elite National Security Guard (NSG), India’s number is way more than that of any of those war-torn nations.
The data reveals that blasts from Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) in 2016 alone came to 337. And including the blasts from ordnance explosives, the number jumps to 406.
Reports quoting from the NBDC journal Bombshell reveal that Iraq had the second highest number of IED blasts with 221 in 2016.
Pakistan came in at the third place with 161 IED explosions, while there were 132 IED blasts in Afghanistan, 92 in Turkey, 71 in Thailand, 63 in Somalia and 56 in Syria.
In fact, the number of blasts in 2015 in India, too, were more than that of any country.
In 2015, there were 268 IED blasts in India, 190 blasts in 2014, 283 blasts in 2013 and 365 in 2012.
The data also reveals the states where the IED explosions occurred. The analysis of the data indicate that states suffering from Left Wing Extremism (LWE) have witnessed more blasts.
In fact, IED is a preferred weapon of the Leftist terrorists.
This is the number of IED blasts that occurred in the following states: Chhattisgarh-60, Jammu and Kashmir-31, Kerala-33, Manipur-40, Odisha-29, Tamil Nadu-32 and West Bengal-30.
Except for J&K and Manipur, all other states are facing a threat from Leftist terrorism.
The targets of the attack were mostly security force personnel but around 40 percent of them were against the public.