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BD improves on Global Terror Index as threat impact 'medium'

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bdnews24.com :
Bangladesh is among the four nations in South Asia that experienced decline in terror attacks.
While terror impact on South Asia has worsened on average, Bangladesh shows improvement in security alongside Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka, said the 2018 Global Terrorism Index.
Afghanistan, Pakistan and India are amongst the ten countries most impacted by terrorism, and were causing deterioration to South Asia's GTI score, said the index published by the Institute of Economics and Peace.
Bangladesh climbed down four spots to the level of countries experiencing medium impact of terrorism, ranking 25th among 163 countries with a score of 5.697 out of 10. Last year, Bangladesh scored 6.181 and was placed at 21st position.
"In Bangladesh, the largest recent terrorist attack occurred in 2016, when an armed assault in Dhaka killed 28 people.
ISIL later claimed responsibility for the attack," said the report.
The report by the Australian think tank emphasised on the need for global investment to ensure national security, citing as example measures to prevent violent extremism in Bangladesh.   
"One reason why global investments can advance national security is that the source of violent extremist threats is transnational, even when it manifests itself locally. An example is the spread of violent ideological propaganda."

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