May 22, 2022

Reference: Two Recently Published Background/Overview Reports About Terrorism Using Data From the Global Terrorism Database (GTD)

Two new background/overview reports from the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) based at the University of Maryland (College Park).

START is the publisher of the Global Terrorism Database (GTD), an open-source resource.

These reports include charts, data tables, and maps.

1. “Overview: Terrorism in 2014”
6 pages; PDF.
August 2015.

In 2014, more than 16,800 terrorist attacks took place worldwide, causing more than 43,500 deaths and more than 40,900 injuries, including perpetrator casualties. More than 11,800 people were taken hostage in terrorist
attacks in 2014. This report provides a brief overview of patterns of terrorism in 2014, highlighting trends from the Global Terrorism Database (GTD).

2. Use of Firearms in Terrorist Attacks in the United States 1970-2014
6 pages; PDF.
July 2015.

Gun violence in the United States and abroad remains a topic of discussion among the general public, government and law enforcement community. To better understand how firearms have been used in terrorist attacks, START examined the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) and compiled this report. The analysis within this report pertains only to attacks that meet the GTD’s inclusion criteria and definition of terrorism: the threatened or actual use of illegal force and violence by a non-state actor to attain a political, economic, religious or social goal through fear, coercion or intimidation.

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