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Terrorist attacks between 1996 and 2016

Source: National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), 2016, Global Terrorism Database,


The map provides a very contrasting view of global terrorism over the course of the past 20 years. The main victims of attacks (in terms of numbers killed and monthly frequency of attacks) are the populations of “failed” states, who are exposed to conflict and recurring violence in its multiple forms. The Global Terrorism Database is a compilation of different databases produced successively since 1970 by two US private security agencies and two university research centers on security (Universities of New Haven and Maryland). It is compiled from real-time recording of incidents and from retrospective research, and uses a broad definition of terrorist acts.


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