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 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.



Amherst, United States

10/23/1998: Dr. Barnett Slepian was shot in Amherst, New York, U.S.A. Slepian had been the target of anti-abortion protesters since the 1980's. James Charles Kopp was ultimately found guilty of the killing.

Karachi, Pakistan

10/23/2012: Assailants on a motorcycle opened fire on Mohammad Umar and Mohammad Ikram near a public call office in the Soldier Bazaar Two area of Jamshed town, Karachi city, Sindh province, Pakistan. Umar and Ikram, supporters of the Ahl-i-Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) religious party, were killed in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.