A Research says, Britain is now at greater risk from terrorist attacks than Sri Lanka.
The heightened threat in Northern Ireland has resulted in the UK being ranked higher than the US, France, Spain, China and Sri Lanka in the Terrorism Risk Index. It has been compiled by UK analysts Maplecroft.
The analysts recorded 26 terrorist attacks in the UK between April 2010 and March 2011 – all but one of them in Northern Ireland – although they did not cause any deaths. Last year, when the results were calculated using a slightly different methodology, the UK was ranked 47th, behind both the US (33rd) and France (44th).
The Index, setting out which countries are considered most likely to suffer an attack, was topped by Somalia, followed by Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan and the new nation of South Sudan, with Britain in 38th place.
Analysis of the data revealed that the number of terrorist attacks worldwide in 2010-11 shot up by about 15% on the previous year to 11,954, although the number of people killed fell 7% to 14,478.