Mumbai attacks
Photographers run past the burning Taj Mahal Hotel during a gun battle in Mumbai November 29, 2008.Reuters file

The Indian cities of Imphal and Srinagar are among the 64 cities across the world facing an "extreme risk" of a terror attack, which include capital cities of 12 countries. 

Iraq's Baghdad tops the list of the most terror-prone cities, compiled by global risk-analysis firm Verisk Maplecroft in its new Global Alerts Dashboard based on the frequency and intensity of attacks in the last 12 months across 1,300 cities. 

Other cities in Iraq such as Mosul, Al Ramadi, Ba'qubah, Kirkuk and Al Hillah, many of which have fallen to the Islamic State, make the top six on the list. 

Among the capital cities that figure on the extreme terror risk are Afghanistan's Kabul at 13, Somalia's Mogadishu at 14, Yemen's Sana'a at 19, Pakistan's Islamabad at 44, and Libya's Tripoli at 48. 

Paris saw the steepest jump from 201 to 97 on the list, and is considered at "high risk" following the attack on Charlie Hebdo earlier this year. 

However, Belfast tops the list among European nations at the 91st position, while London has been ranked at 400. 


Imphal is ranked at 32 and Srinagar at 49 among the 64 cities at "extreme risk" of terror strikes. Meanwhile, Chennai faces "medium risk" and is ranked at 176. 

Delhi and Mumbai, the usual targets for high-profile terror attacks, have been ranked lower compared to other Indian cities such as Bengaluru, Pune and Kolkata. 

These are the Indian cities on the list:

  • Imphal - 32 [High]
  • Srinagar - 49 [High]
  • Chennai - 176 [Medium]
  • Bengaluru - 204 [Low]
  • Pune - 206 
  • Hyderabad - 207
  • Nagpur - 210
  • Kolkata - 212
  • Mumbai - 298
  • Delhi - 447

"When it comes to Imphal and Srinagar, terrorist attacks aren't on commercial targets as much as against the security forces. However, in most of the other metropolitan cities, the targets are both to cause mass casualty and cripple its commercial hubs. Public transport networks in India are also prime targets,"  Arvind Ramakrishnan, head of Maplecroft India, told The Times of India