Suicide bombings around the world surged 94 percent last year, according to the Israeli daily Haaretz. The paper credits the Islamic State for the rise in the terror tactic.
"The number of suicide bombings around the world surged 94 percent last year amid the rise of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq and the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Tel Aviv-based Institute for National Security Studies says in a report to be published Sunday," reads the article.
The INSS expects the trend to continue in 2015 due to the instability in several countries and the increasing number of religious and ethnic conflicts, as well as the growing strength of groups like the Islamic State and Al-Qaida.
Some 3,400 people were killed in such attacks last year, compared with 2,200 in 2013, a 37.5 percent increase. There were 592 bombings, compared with 305 in 2013, says the INSS, a research institute and think tank affiliated with Tel Aviv University.
The figures are estimates because of the heavy fighting in some regions where suicide bombings occur. Such attacks have become an especially common method for Salafi Sunni jihadist groups.