GTD: Global Terrorism Database

Information on more than 180,000 Terrorist Attacks

The Global Terrorism Database (GTD) is an open-source database including information on terrorist events around the world from 1970 through 2017 (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 180,000 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 1970-2014. 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.

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.

THIS DATE IN TERRORISM

2014

Benghazi, Libya

10/22/2014: Assailants opened fire on a former soldier in Benghazi city, Benghazi district, Libya. The civilian was killed in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.
2017

Maiduguri, Nigeria

10/22/2017: A suicide bomber detonated explosives in Muna Garage, Maiduguri, Borno, Nigeria. In addition to the suicide bomber, 13 people were killed and five others were wounded in the blast. This was one of two related attacks in this area on this day. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Boko Haram.