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Sharp rise in deaths in corrected 2003 US terrorism survey

The US State Department said that terrorists last year killed and wounded more than twice the number of victims it had earlier reported in a survey of international terrorism later found to have been based on incorrect data. The department said a variety of statistical mistakes had caused severe undercounts in its annual “Patterns of Global Terrorism” when it was released in late April. The report had trumpeted a significant decline in deaths and injuries from attacks between 2002 and 2003. Department officials have, however, adamantly denied suggestions that the original report had purposely misstated the facts in an election-year effort to show that US President George W. Bush’s hardline anti-terrorist policies were working. Full Story

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