Overview

The Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism (CPOST) maintains a searchable database on all suicide attacks from 1982 through September 2015. The database includes information about the location of attacks, the target type, the weapon used, and systematic information on the demographic and general biographical characteristics of suicide attackers. The database expands the breadth of the data available in English using native language sources (e.g., Arabic, Hebrew, Russian, Tamil) that are likely to have the most extensive relevant information. The current CPOST-SAD release contains the universe of suicide attacks from 1982 through September 2015, a total of 4,814 attacks in over 40 countries. The CPOST Suicide Attack Database (CPOST-SAD) contains data on the universe of suicide attacks. For each attack, the database includes information about the geographic location, target classification, and weapon(s) used, as well as systematic information on the demographic and general biographical characteristics of suicide attackers. More information about the coding and methodology is available on the CPOST website below. Note that multiple attackers or targets are collapsed into a single record for simplicity's sake.

Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism (CPOST). 2015. Suicide Attack Database (December 9, 2015 Release). [Data File]. Retrieved from http://cpostdata.uchicago.edu/

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Field Descriptions

JSON Path Type Comment Example Value
[0].attacker.age int 15
[0].attacker.demographics dict {u'gender': u'Male', u'religion': u'Secular', u'education': u'Primary', u'marital': u'Unknown', u'occupation': u'Unskilled'}
[0].attacker.birth dict {u'location': u'Lebanon', u'year': 1967}
[0].attacker.name unicode Ahmad Qasiraka Haider
[0].attacker.birth.location unicode Lebanon
[0].attacker.birth.year int 1967
[0].statistics.# wounded int 28
[0].statistics.# killed int 115
[0].target.assassination? bool False
[0].target.name unicode Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) headquarters
[0].target.country unicode Lebanon
[0].target.weapon unicode Car bomb
[0].target.location unicode Lebanon, TyreLiban-Sud
[0].target.type unicode Security
[0].attacker.demographics.occupation unicode Unskilled
[0].attacker.demographics.gender unicode Male
[0].attacker.demographics.education unicode Primary
[0].attacker.demographics.marital unicode Unknown
[0].attacker.demographics.religion unicode Secular
[0].date.year int 1982
[0].date.day int 11
[0].date.month int 11
[0].statistics dict {u'# wounded': 28, u'# killed': 115}
[0].target dict {u'assassination?': False, u'name': u'Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) headquarters', u'country': u'Lebanon', u'weapon': u'Car bomb', u'location': u'Lebanon, TyreLiban-Sud', u'type': u'Security'}
[0].campaign dict {u'name': u'Hezbollah vs. Israel', u'sides': [u'Hezbollah', u'Israel']}
[0].attacker dict {u'age': 15, u'demographics': {u'gender': u'Male', u'religion': u'Secular', u'education': u'Primary', u'marital': u'Unknown', u'occupation': u'Unskilled'}, u'birth': {u'location': u'Lebanon', u'year': 1967}, u'name': u'Ahmad Qasiraka Haider'}
[0].groups list[unicode] [u'Lebanese National Resistance Front', u'Armed Struggle Group']
[0].date dict {u'month': 11, u'day': 11, u'year': 1982}
[0].campaign.name unicode Hezbollah vs. Israel
[0].campaign.sides list[unicode] [u'Hezbollah', u'Israel']