From 1970 through 2014, terrorists killed more than 310,000 people worldwide and injured another 355,000, according to data from the University of Maryland's Global Terrorism Database. More than half of those fatalities - approximately 170,000 or 55 percent - have occurred since 2000; about 30 percent have occurred since 2010. Every year since and including 2012 has set a new record in total global terrorist attacks (see chart at the bottom of the page) and with these new attacks, we may be witnessing a shift in some longer-term trends in terrorism as groups seek new geographic footholds and more lethal means of seeking their desired outcomes.
The most notable long-term trends in terrorist incidents since 1970 have been pronounced shift in the geographic dispersion of attacks as well as the impact of the attacks in terms of injuries and fatalities.
Explore the Global Terrorism Database summary data by selecting the indicator of terrorism activity from above the page and see the trends by selecting a country on the map.
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Knoema developed this special visualization series to highlight the variety of sources available to track and examine trends in various types of conflict and terrorism-related violence worldwide. Combined with traditional macroeconomic and sociodemographic information and even new indicators for social unrest and transformation, social scientists to security analysts to the average informed citizens now have easier and more reliable access to this valuable data type than ever before. At the bottom of each page, we offer live links to featured and additional conflict datasources. As always, each dataset includes links to the original data...
The reach of terrorism has changed dramatically over the last decade. The simplest review of the statistics in today's Viz of the Day provides perspective on the geography of terrorism then and now:In 2015, 12 countries, spanning five regions of the world - Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and South and Southeast Asia - suffered terrorist attacks that killed at least 50 people in a single event.In contrast, in 2006 only three countries - India, Iraq, and Sri Lanka - suffered losses of 50 or more people in a single terrorist attack.The terrorist attacks in Europe during 2015 and 2016 speak to the attack capability of the Islamic State outside...
You may also want to view other information in our recent series on conflict and terrorism: Terrorist Violence in Pakistan | Terrorist Attacks in Europe | Compilation of Conflict Data Sources and from prior Viz of the Days: Ongoing Armed Conflicts | Military Strength Ratings | Global Terrorism Maps & Trends