Global Terrorism Dashboard


Terrorism is defined, at its simplest, as: any act designed to cause terror. Despite its name, not all actions that are terrifying or terrible are described as terrorism. There is no universal consensus as to what is or is not included, but terrorism is generally understood to feature a political objective, whether that means the politics of nationalism, ethnicity, religion, ideology or social class, amongst others. Definitions as to which acts of violence are considered terrorism will be more often subjective than objective. Since the terrorist act is the symptom of a struggle that has a national, religious or social cause, then the response to it is also often determined by ethnicity, beliefs or class. Furthermore, since attitudes to nationalism, religion, and social status tend to evolve over the course of time, it follows that acts of terrorism, and the individuals or organisations engaging in that terrorism, may - and often are - re-examined retrospectively, being either legitimised or criminalised according to the subsequent prevailing political perspectives.

The Global Terrorism Database (GTD) is a database of incidents of terrorism from 1970 onward. The database is maintained by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland, College Park in the United States.

Source: Wikipedia

How to use?
  • Change the year slider to view terrorism attacks
  • Change the map either for Number of terrorist events by country total or Top 50 Terrorist Groups by number of terrorist events
  • hover the countries/ bubbles for more information
  • click the countries/ bubbles for more details

Total

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Persons killed
 
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Number of terrorist events by country total

 

 

Top 50 Terrorist Groups by number of terrorist events
Excludes unknown groups

 

 

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Common

Have you noticed?

  • Bombing/ explosion is the most common attack type throughout the time period. But the common target group is shifted from Business in early years (1970 - 1975) to Private Citizens & Property.
  • Explosives/ bombs and fire arms are consistently preferred weapons all over the world for terrorist activity. However the same shows some variation at country level for different time periods. Eg. In Japan, although number of terrorist attacks is few, most of them used radiological weapons, unlike any other country.
  • There are some debatable data/ entry in GTD. Eg. during 1990 -1992, the 5th terrorist group by count of events is 'Palestinians'. However Wikipedia defines Palestinians as 'the modern descendants of the peoples who have lived in Palestine over the centuries, and who today are largely culturally and linguistically Arab due to Arabization of the region'. Why/ how all civilians of a country be termed as Terrorist?
  • These observations are based only the GTD database and do not consider any other information/ situation.