Muscat: Oman’s focus on security, nonviolence and peaceful coexistence is the reason it is one of 39 countries spared the impact of terrorism, experts believe.

According to the second edition of the Global Terrorism Index (GTI), Oman and Qatar are the only two countries in the region where terrorism has had no impact.

The report by GTI comes at a time when terrorism has grown significantly in intensity and reached countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and Syria.

First launched by the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP) in 2012, GTI ranks countries by the impact of terrorist activities as well as by analysing the economic and social dimensions associated with terrorism.

The index profiles 162 countries, covering 99.6 per cent of the world’s population, and examines trends from 2000 to 2013. The indicators used include the number of terrorist strikes, fatalities, injuries and property damage.

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Source: Times of Oman