A report by The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism has said that the Communist Party of India (Maoist) was the fourth deadliest terror group in the world after the Taliban, Islamic State and Boko Haram, The Times of India reported on Friday. With 43% of the 791 attacks in the country being conducted by Naxalites, the report says India was the fourth worst-affected country after Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. However, it also acknowledges that the "lethality of attacks" was much lower when compared to the other affected countries.

Four states bore the bulk of these terror attacks, with Chhattisgarh being hit by 21% of them, Manipur by 12%, Jammu and Kashmir by 11% and Jharkhand by 10%. It said that terror attacks in Chhattisgarh doubled from 76 in 2014 to 167 in 2015. Also, the number of perpetrators killed in the attacks reportedly rose significantly.

The document pegs the CPI (Maoist) attack count at 343 in 2015, in which 176 people were killed. It said the Taliban claimed responsibility for 1,093 attacks which led to 4,512 losing their lives, Islamic State’s 931 attacks led to the loss of 6,050 people and 491 attacks by Boko Haram killed 5,450 people.