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 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.



Medea, Algeria

10/25/2000: Suspected Islamic fundamentalists attacked a family celebrating the birth of a baby in their home in Bati district, on the outskirts of Madea, Algeria. After killing the baby with an axe, the assailants shot dead seven members of the family, and injured at least three more. The injured victims died in the days following the attack, bringing the death toll to ten victims. Before the assailants fled the house, they rigged two improvised explosive devices (IED's), which detonated after they left. Specific motive is unknown.

Amorebieta, Spain

10/25/2008: On Saturday night at 0230, unknown radicals attacked the Eusko Tren train station of Amorebieta, Vizcaya, Spain, using Molotov cocktails. The bombs caused some damage to the train station, but no casualties were reported as the explosion occurred before the station was opened. No claim of responsibility for the arson attack was made.