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Terrorist attacks around the world focused AP resources in 2016. Combining user-generated content obtained from witnesses at the scene, working with news partners and sprinting to get our own boots on the ground ensured AP covered every incident, even when they resulted in violence and destruction.

A body lays on the beach were gunmen attacked people in Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast, Sunday, March 13, 2016.

AP Photo / Christin Roby

Grand-Bassam, Ivory Coast. March 13, 2016.

Armed men attacked an Ivory Coast beach resort Sunday, killing at least 16 people and sending tourists fleeing through the historic town of Grand-Bassam in an attack claimed by al-Qaida’s North Africa branch. Bloody bodies were sprawled on the beach and witnesses described horrific scenes as a lazy weekend afternoon was shattered by the West Africa’s latest extremist strike.

An arrivals and departure board is seen behind blown out windows at Zaventem Airport in Brussels on Wednesday, March 23, 2016.

AP Photo / Geert Vanden Wijngaert, Pool

Brussels. March 22, 2016.

Islamic extremists struck Tuesday in the heart of Europe, killing at least 34 people and wounding scores of others in back-to-back bombings of the Brussels airport and subway that again laid bare the continent’s vulnerability to suicide squads.

Orlando Police officers direct family members away from a fatal shooting at Pulse Orlando nightclub in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, June 12, 2016.

AP Photo / Phelan M. Ebenhack

Orlando, Florida. June 15, 2016.

After hours of revelry, the party-goers crowding the gay nightclub known as the Pulse took their last sips before the place closed. That’s when authorities say Omar Mateen emerged, carrying an assault rifle and spraying the helpless crowd with bullets. Witnesses said he fired relentlessly — 20 rounds, 40, then 50 and more. In such tight quarters, the bullets could hardly miss. He shot at police. He took hostages.

Passengers embrace each other as they wait outside Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, following their evacuation after a blast early Wednesday, June 29, 2016.

AP Photo / Emrah Gurel

Istanbul, Turkey. June 28, 2016.

A suicide attack at Istanbul’s busy Ataturk Airport Tuesday killed dozens and wounded more than 140 as Turkish officials blamed the carnage at the international terminal on three suspected Islamic State group militants. A Turkish official said two of the attackers detonated explosives at the entrance of the international arrivals terminal after police fired at them, while the third blew himself up in the parking lot.

Police secure the area in Nice, France, July 15, 2016 where a truck drove into a crowd during Bastille Day celebrations.

AP Photo / Picture Alliance / dpa / Andreas Gebert

Nice, France. July 14, 2016.

A truck loaded with weapons and hand grenades drove onto a sidewalk for more than a mile, plowing through Bastille Day revelers who’d gathered to watch fireworks in the French resort city of Nice late Thursday. At least 80 people were killed before police killed the driver, authorities said.

In this Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, photo, Rescue workers help an unidentified woman after a bomb blast in the southern resort city of Hua Hin, 240 kilometers south of Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016.

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Phuket, Thailand. August 12, 2016.

An hour before midnight, Andrea Tazzioli was fetching his own birthday cake, looking forward to celebrating with friends in this balmy beach resort town, a world away from his stressful military work in Afghanistan. Then the bomb went off...Overnight and into Friday, bombs also went off on Phuket’s Loma Beach in southern Thailand and the southern provinces of Trang, Surat Thani and Phang Nga.

Fire fighters stand in front of a truck which ran into a crowded Christmas market killing several people Monday evening in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016.

AP Photo / Markus Schreiber

Berlin. Dec. 20, 2016.

A truck rammed into a crowded Christmas market in central Berlin on Monday evening, killing 12 people and injuring nearly 50 as it smashed through tables and wooden stands. Police said a suspect believed to be the driver was arrested nearby and a passenger died as paramedics were treating him.