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A host of the world’s favourite tourist hotspots are at “high risk” of terror attacks following a surge of atrocities over the past year, reported News.com.au (Australia).

This map reveals the popular winter sun destinations from Thailand to the Maldives and Philippines that are deemed prime targets for terrorists.

Using the latest advice from the UK Foreign Office, it shows the countries where terrorists are “very likely” or “likely” to carry out attacks.

The United States, France and Russia are just some of the holiday hotspots on the highest alert possible following a surge in terrorist activity.

Visitors to France have been warned to be “especially vigilant” at Christmas markets and other major public events because of the grave threat from Islamic State.

Australia has even had its terror threat raised to “probable”.
“Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners,” the Foreign Office advice reads.

The travel alerts are constantly updated following massacres in London, Manchester and Barcelona, and a deadly truck attack on Berlin’s Christmas market last year.

Bars, restaurants, shopping centres, hotels and poorly protected tourists sites are increasingly being targeted by terrorists.

On its website, the Foreign Office states: “Increasingly, terrorists look for targets that aren’t well-protected places, and where westerners can be found.

“Attacks can occur anywhere in the world, usually with little or no warning.
“Terrorist attacks abroad will continue to target western interests.”

The Foreign Office classifies whether terrorists are “very likely” or “likely” to carry out attacks in different countries.

It also notes that terror attacks “cannot be ruled out” in many countries, including Greece, Croatia and Portugal.

The 2017 Global Terrorism Index recently named popular holiday destinations including Thailand, India, Philippines, Turkey and Egypt as among the top 20 riskiest countries.

Iraq, where seven of the 10 deadliest attacks took place in 2016, topped the ranking.

It received a score of 10, where zero represents no impact from terrorism and 10 represents the highest measurable impact.

Iraq was followed by Afghanistan, Nigeria, Syria and Pakistan — none of which would be on the radar of most ordinary travellers.

But India was not far behind, being named as the eighth most dangerous for terror attacks with a score of 7.53.

With its unblemished tropical islands and cheap prices, the Philippines has been emerging as a key tourist destination in recent years.

But terror attacks and the rise of IS in the island nation has put a major strain on the tourism sector.

The 2017 Global Terrorism Index ranked the Philippines as the 12th country most impacted by terrorism.

Beach holiday favourite Thailand was only four places behind with an overall score of 6.6.

This is following multiple explosions in Bangkok in April and May 2017.

After Turkey and Ukraine, France was found to be the European country deemed most at risk of terror attacks, coming 23rd overall with a score of 5.964.

It was followed by the United Kingdom at 35th overall (5.102), Germany at 38th (4.917), Belgium at 40th (4.656) and Greece at 46th (4.139).

The Foreign Office also warned that terror attacks were “very likely” in Germany and Belgium.

Some 77 countries suffered at least one death from terrorism over the past year, the 2017 Global Terrorism Index found.

This is more than at any time in the past 17 years and marks a sharp increase from 65 countries in 2015.
Despite this rapid spread, the total number of deaths fell for the second year in a row.

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