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

2001

Hamkungu, Uganda

03/28/2001: Suspected members of the Allied Democratic Forces attacked Hamkungu fishing village in Uganda’s Kasese District. The attack left three people dead while four others were abducted. Also, the perpetrators set fire to one vehicle and four houses. Uganadan General, James Kazini, stated that the attackers were fewer than 10 individuals and that their goal was to loot the village and divert the government forces away from their offensive against their organization. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.
1999

Villava, Spain

03/28/1999: Four petrol bombs were thrown at the home of a Union of the Navarrese People (UPN) Councilor, Jose Luis Ruiz in Villava, Spain. There were no casualties and very minor damage as the bombs failed to catch fire. The perpetrators of this incident were unknown.