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.



Kofarnikhon, Tajikistan

03/01/2001: Three people opened fire on the car of Kofarnihon’s administration chief, Ismaildzhon Gulov, seriously wounding his bodyguard. The attack took place in Kofarnihon, Tajikistan, and no group claimed responsibility

Jamui, India

03/01/2011: On Tuesday night, in Mahugayen village in Sonu, Jamui, Bihar, India, in one of two related attacks, around 50 armed unidentified militants blew up the control room of telecom facility using dynamite. The attack caused an unknown amount of property damage to the control room, but resulted in no casualties. It was believed the bombing was in protest against the killing of six Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-M) cadres on 02/26/2011. No group claimed responsibility, but it was believed that Maoists were responsible.