At least 34 people were killed and up to 270 others wounded in the terror attacks in Brussels on Tuesday morning, responsibility for which was claimed by Isis.
According to a report from Statista, the frequency and scale of terrorist attacks in Western Europe over the last four and a half decades shows that despite the notable attacks in Europe in the past 12 months, fewer people are killed by terror now than they were in the 1970s and 1980s.
The worst year for terrorist deaths came in 1980 when 420 died, then 1974 with 417 deaths, 1988 with 412 killed, 1972 when 400 died at the hands of terrorists and 1976 when 325 died.
Last year 146 people died, most prominently in the Paris attack in November, but although it is still a despairingly high number, it shows that we are less likely to die from the bombs and weapons of madmen and women today than we were back in the 70s and 80s.
That should be a sobering thought for those calling for more draconian measures and losses of our freedoms.