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Extremist Killings Reported Down by ADL: 34 in 2017, Less Than Half of 71 in '16, 69 in '15

Extremist Killings Reported Down by ADL: 34 in 2017, Less Than Half of 71 in '16, 69 in '15

Two people embrace at the spot where Heather Heyer was killed and 19 others injured when a car slammed into a crowd of people protesting against a white supremacist rally on Aug 16 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 18 January 2018 10:04 AM

The number of extremist killings in the U.S. reported by the ADL were down to 34 in 2017 – a notable drop from 71 reported in 2016 and 69 in 2015, according to the Voice of America News.

The report by the Anti-Defamation League noted that while 2017 was the fifth deadliest year for extremist violence since 1970, there was a notable decline in fatalities from previous years.

However, what separated 2017’s killings from previous years was that the majority occurred at the hands of white supremacists, with 20 of the 34 extremist deaths linked to right-wing extremists, CNN reported.

The overall decline was related to a drop in the number of extremist-related shooting sprees, which in previous years resulted in mass murders, Newsweek noted, pointing the the 2016 shooting in which Omar Mateen killed 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

The report noted that far-right extremist violence in 2017 accounted for 59 percent of the total killings, while 26 percent of the killings were committed by Islamic extremists and the remaining three percent of deaths were carried out by extremists not falling into either category.

2017 was unique in that it also saw an uptick in the number of murders committed by black nationalists, who were responsible for five deaths, CNN noted.

One of the high profile incidents of 2017 was the Charlottesville white supremacist rally, where a participant rammed his vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters, resulting in the death of Heather Heyer, VOA News said.

CNN said the single deadliest attack took place on Oct. 31 in New York City, when Islamist extremist Sayfullo Saipov allegedly drove a rental truck down a bike path, resulting in the deaths of eight people.

ADL chief executive Jonathan A. Greenblatt said all forms of extremism needed to be tackled, noting that the statistics were a “stark reminder that domestic extremism is a serious threat to our safety and security.”

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