DUSHANBE -- Tajikistan is the Central Asian country most vulnerable to terrorism, the Sydney-based Institute for Economics and Peace said in its Global Terrorism Index, which it released November 16, according to a November 17 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty report. The index covers countries' struggle with terrorism from 2000 through 2015.
Tajikistan "had its worst year for terrorism since at least 2000", the institute said in the report, adding in a bar graph that Tajikistan had the 10th highest rate of deaths per terrorist attack in 2015. Twelve people were killed in counter-terrorism operations in Tajikistan in 2015, an institute official told RFE/RL in an interview.
Afghanistan and Pakistan ranked second and fourth as countries afflicted by terrorism in 2015, while Tajikistan ranked 56th, the highest (worst) for Central Asia.