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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 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

2014

Zawiyah, Iraq

09/04/2014: Assailants kidnapped and killed a former election candidate in Zawiyah village, Nineveh governorate, Iraq. This was one of three similar attacks in the area on the same day. No group claimed responsibility for the incidents; however, sources attributed the attacks to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
2000

Itagui district, Colombia

09/04/2000: In a series of related incidents, in the early morning of September 4, 2000, three bombs were detonated simultaneously at a lottery vending and permanent booking offices in Itagui Municipality, Colombia. No injuries or casualties were reported, but there was substantial damage to shops and private property. The police suspected rebels from the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) in the attacks.