GTD: Global Terrorism Database

Information on Over 125,000 Terrorist Attacks

The Global Terrorism Database (GTD) is an open-source database including information on terrorist events around the world from 1970 through 2013 (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 125,000 cases. Learn more

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GTD DATA VISUALIZATIONS

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 1970-2013. 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 2013 Data Heatmap

Updated for 2013, the GTD 2013 World Map displays the concentration and intensity (combining fatalities and injuries) of terrorist attacks that occurred worldwide.

The GTD 2012 World Map is available here.

Global Terrorism in 2013 uses Odyssey.js (from CartoDB) to display an animation of the progression of terrorist attacks around the world in 2013, highlighting details of notable attacks in the GTD.

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.

THIS DATE IN TERRORISM

2008

Vale View, Australia

04/21/2008: On Monday, a 30 mm pipe bomb rigged with external batteries and a mobile phone was detonated by the police bomb squad unit after it was found by council workers in Federation Park on the Drayton Connection Road, near Vale View south of Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. No claim of responsibility was made for the attempted bombing, however on 04/22/2008 on Tuesday, executed a search warrant at a home in Kent Street at Oakey and allegedly found evidence of a home-made explosive device. A 21-year-old man was arrested and charged with one count of attempting to damage property by explosives.
2005

Baghdad, Iraq

04/21/2005: Two US contractors and an Australian national were killed in a car-bomb attack along a road leading to Baghdad International Airport in Baghdad, Iraq. The car-bomb exploded as a US military convoy was passing along the road en route to the airport. The Islamic Army in Iraq claimed responsibility for the attack.