(Washington, DC) -- New figures show terrorism around the world is spiking. Information obtained by CNN indicates terrorist attacks and the number of people killed in those attacks hit a record high in 2012. The number of attacks jumped nearly 70-percent between 2011 and 2012 and terrorist fatalities rose by almost 90-percent. The Maryland-based terrorism research center known as START says most of the violence took place in heavily Muslim countries.
More than half of last year's 85-hundred terrorist attacks happened in Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan. START director Gary LaFree says while U.S. anti-terrorism efforts have weakened al-Qaeda's central leadership, the terrorist network's mission has been taken up by other militant groups.