In recent months, a slew of grotesque terrorist attacks has shocked the western world. Yet, terrorism is a global phenomenon, and many of the gravest attacks have occurred in nations often overlooked by Western media, such as Nigeria, Yemen, Somalia, and Bangladesh, as well as in more familiar war-torn locales like Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. This map uses crowdsourced data from Wikipedia, updated in near-real time, to present a chronology of terrorist attacks around the globe.

Wikipedia boasts a very active community of users and moderators—including many experts in the field of global conflict and terrorism—and the pages driving this story have been revised thousands of times since the beginning of 2016. As a result, the quality of the data on this map is constantly improving.

2016 Terrorist Attacks
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