The Global Terrorism Database (GTD) is an open-source database including information on terrorist events around the world from 1970 through 2010 (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 98,000 cases. Learn more

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GTD Data Rivers GTD Explorer demostrationThe GTD Data Rivers is an interactive visual exploratory tool that allows users to investigate temporal trends in terrorism in the Global Terrorism Database (GTD). The GTD Data Rivers aggregates important variables from the database and visualizes them as a comprehensible stack chart.

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This Date in Terrorism


Unknown, Yemen

01/31/1999: A British oil worker employed by U.S.-owned Hunt Oil was kidnapped by unknown tribesmen in an unnamed location in Yemen. The victim was released six hours later. No further information was available on this incident.

Mosul, Iraq

01/31/2004: A suicide car bomb detonated outside of a police station in Mosul, Iraq, killing nine people, including policemen and civilians, and wounding forty-five. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.


Four Decades of Terrorism: A Message from START’s Director

Our understanding of terrorism was forever transformed by the events of September 11, 2001. As we approach the 10th anniversary of those attacks, this new release of the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) marks a milestone in our collective knowledge of terrorist activity. For the first time, we have information spanning four decades on both domestic and international terrorist attacks from around the world.

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