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In Domestic Terrorism Data, a Clear Trend Emerges

Attacks by far-right groups, often white supremacists, lead the way
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2021 2:04 PM CDT

(Newser) – The Washington Post has done a deep dive into domestic terrorism incidents in the US over the last six years and found a clear trend: Attacks by far-right groups have far exceeded those by far-left groups. Some highlights from the analysis, based on data from the Center for Strategic and International Studies:

  • Right-wing extremists have been held responsible for 267 plots or attacks, resulting in 91 fatalities, since 2015. Left-wing extremists were blamed for 66 incidents and 19 deaths over the same period.
  • More than a quarter of right-wing incidents were linked to white supremacy.

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  • In 2020, the number of right-wing incidents reached 73, a yearly high. The number of left-wing attacks hit 25, also a record. The burning of a police station in Minneapolis after the death of George Floyd is an example of an incident in the latter camp.
  • The stats show 15 anti-immigrant incidents since 2015, with 27 fatalities. That includes the 2019 massacre at a Walmart in El Paso that left 23 people dead.
Click to read the full analysis and breakdown of data. (Read more domestic terrorism stories.)

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