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.



Baghdad, Iraq

01/16/2013: An explosive device detonated near the National Theater in Baghdad city, Baghdad governorate, Iraq. Three civilians were injured in the blast. This was one of 14 coordinated attacks across the country on the same day. Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed responsibility for the incidents.

Deir ez-Zor, Syria

01/16/2016: Suicide bombers detonated explosives-laden vehicles and assailants attacked a Syrian Army weapons depot in Deir ez-Zor city, Deir ez-Zor governorate, Syria. This was one of 11 coordinated incidents in and around Deir ez-Zor on the same day. At least 177 people, including 50 soldiers and militia members, 85 civilians, and 42 assailants, were killed and 400 other people were abducted across all 11 attacks. Approximately 270 hostages were released on January 19, 2016 while the fate of the remaining 130 victims is unknown. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the incidents.