Terrorism Database

By: Lindsey Ward
By: Lindsey Ward

May 29, 2007

The world's largest unclassified database of terrorist attacks is now online for the public to see. Researchers are hoping this will help responders in what to be on the look out for and how to respond.

It’s called the Global Terrorism Database. With funding from the Department of Homeland Security a program called START or Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism created the base.

Right now it includes information on 80,000 terrorist incidents that began as early as 1970 until 2004. Each of these attacks is cross referenced on more than a 100 variables to help people find trends in terrorism they may not be specifically looking for. Among information on bombings, assassinations, and kidnappings the site details over a 1,000 attacks on U.S soil.

The idea for this database began five years ago. START will update the website including recent years within the next 12 months.

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