PH faces "extreme risk" from terrorist attacks, says global risk intelligence firm

( Though the Philippines is not included in the Maplecroft Terrorism Risk Index's top five, the country is still at "extreme risk" from terrorism attacks with a 13th ranking on a list of 20 countries, reports Reuters. The list is led by Somalia, followed by Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, and South Sudan.


According to the report, Somalia remains on top because the Islamist militant group al-Shabaab retains its influence on south and central Somalia. In the Middle East, meanwhile, terrorist group Al-Qaeda maintains a firm hold in the Arabian Peninsula and the Islamic Maghreb. "The killing of Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden by US navy SEALs in May has helped US intelligence target senior members and affiliates of the network," said Maplecroft associate director Anthony Skinner in the Maplecroft website. "Nonetheless, Al-Qaeda has in the past proven its ability to adapt and poses a continuous threat to the West," he added.


Maplecroft, a consultancy firm that studies and monitors political, economic, social, and environmental risks, developed the Terrorism Index to allow business to identify and monitor the risks posed by terrorism to employees and assets in 197 countries. The research is conducted over a 12-month period, and surveys terrorist attacks all over the world.


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