Friday, November 19, 2010

Canada's terrorism hazard lowest in the Western world, says new report

Canada has one of the lowest hazards of terrorism in the Western world, according to a newly published report.

The 2010 Terrorism Risk Index - developed by the British global risks optional company Maple croft - ranks Canada and Germany as the major Western economies at lowest risk of attack.
Canada placed 67th and Germany 70th out of 191 countries, based on the occurrence and intensity of incidents between June 2009 and June 2010, as well as the history of terrorism in the country.
Germany's enviable standing, however, was overshadow on Wednesday when the country announced it has strong proof Islamist militants are planning attacks in the next two weeks, and ordered security at possible targets - such as train stations and airports--to be tightened.
While at low risk, Canada does have a recent history of terrorism, beginning in the early 1960s with the Sons of Freedom, which appeared from the otherwise pacifist Doukhobor sect in British Columbia.