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GTD: Global Terrorism Database

Information on more than 140,000 Terrorist Attacks

The Global Terrorism Database (GTD) is an open-source database including information on terrorist events around the world from 1970 through 2014 (with annual updates planned for the future). Unlike many other event databases, the GTD includes systematic data on domestic as well as international terrorist incidents that have occurred during this time period and now includes more than 140,000 cases. Learn more

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GTD WebGL Globe

The updated GTD WebGL Globe is an interactive geographic visualization, currently in beta, that plots the location and frequency of yearly terrorist attacks worldwide from 1970-2014. It was developed by START using the WebGL Globe open platform created by the Google Data Arts Team. Automated geocoding from the OpenCage Geocoder supplements the geocoding available in the public dataset.

GTD 2014 Data Heatmap

Updated for 2014, the GTD 2014 World Map displays the concentration and intensity (combining fatalities and injuries) of terrorist attacks that occurred worldwide.

The GTD 2013 World Map is available here.

The GTD 2012 World Map is available here.

Global Terrorism in 2014 uses Odyssey.js (from CartoDB) to display an animation of the progression of terrorist attacks around the world in 2014, highlighting details of notable attacks in the GTD.

The GTD's Global Terrorism in 2013 is available here.

A World of Terror

Periscopic, a data visualization firm that promotes information transparency and public awareness, has produced an innovative, interactive tool that allows users to explore the impact and dynamics of GTD perpetrator groups. A World of Terror examines the 25 perpetrators that were most active between 1970 and 2013, visualizing their attack patterns across multiple dimensions including life span, recency, casualties, and geographic spread.

GTD Data Rivers 2.0

The GTD Data Rivers 2.0 application is an interactive visualization tool that allows users to explore patterns of terrorism in the Global Terrorism Database (GTD). The GTD Data Rivers aggregates information from the database and displays relative temporal trends as a stack chart.



Mahfad district, Yemen

12/01/2014: An explosive device detonated near a military patrol in Mahfad district, Abyan governorate, Yemen. A soldier was injured in the blast. This was one of two similar bombings targeting separate military patrols in Mahfad on the same day. No group claimed responsibility for the incidents; however, security sources attributed the attacks to Al-Qa`ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Matta district, Pakistan

12/01/2008: On Monday, assailants detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) targeting a bridge in the Khariri area, in Matta, North-West Frontier, Pakistan. The IED attack damaged the bridge. No casualties were reported and no group claimed responsibility.