GTD: Global Terrorism Database

Information on more than 170,000 Terrorist Attacks

The Global Terrorism Database (GTD) is an open-source database including information on terrorist events around the world from 1970 through 2016 (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 170,000 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 1970-2014. 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: 45 Years of Data Heatmap

Updated in 2016, the GTD World Map: 45 Years of Terrorism displays the concentration and intensity (combining fatalities and injuries) of terrorist attacks that occurred worldwide across 45 years of data.

The GTD 2015 World Map is available here..

The GTD 2014 World Map is available here..

The GTD 2013 World Map is available here.

The GTD 2012 World Map is available here.

Global Terrorism in 2014 uses Odyssey.js (from CartoDB) to display an animation of the progression of terrorist attacks around the world in 2014, highlighting details of notable attacks in the GTD.

The GTD's Global Terrorism in 2013 is available here.

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.



Datu Odin Sinsuat, Philippines

06/20/2011: On Monday around 1200 noon, at a residence in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao, Philippines, a child identified as Nulpok Bagung was killed when suspected militants detonated an improvised explosive device. The improvised explosive device was constructed out of an 81-millimeter mortar shell and was rigged with a battery operated blasting mechanism. Reportedly, two militants on a motorcycle were seen leaving the explosive device at the house belonging to the victim’s family. The victim’s mother told police that the assailants even asked permission to temporarily leave the box containing the explosive device at their house. Minutes after they left, the blast occurred. The attack resulted in an unknown amount of property damage and no group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Ramadi, Iraq

06/20/2013: A suicide bomber detonated inside of a vote counting center in Ramadi city, Al Anbar governorate, Iraq. At least three people, besides the assailant, were killed and seven other people were injured in the explosion. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.