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Suicide Attacks BlockPy Library

From the CORGIS Dataset Project

By Austin Cory Bart acbart@vt.edu
Version 2.0.0, created 3/27/2016
Tags: global, attack, damage, kill, hurt, destroy, pain, suffering, terror, terrorism, religion, warfare, war, car, bomb, gun, shooting

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/>

Key Descriptions

Key List of... Comment Example Value
groups String $MISSING_FIELD "Lebanese National Resistance Front,Armed Struggle Group"
attacker.age Integer $MISSING_FIELD 15
attacker.name String $MISSING_FIELD "Ahmad Qasiraka Haider"
campaign.name String $MISSING_FIELD "Hezbollah vs. Israel"
campaign.sides String $MISSING_FIELD "Hezbollah,Israel"
date.day Integer $MISSING_FIELD 11
date.month Integer $MISSING_FIELD 11
date.year Integer $MISSING_FIELD 1982
statistics.# killed Integer $MISSING_FIELD 115
statistics.# wounded Integer $MISSING_FIELD 28
target.assassination? Boolean $MISSING_FIELD True
target.country String $MISSING_FIELD "Lebanon"
target.location String $MISSING_FIELD "Lebanon, TyreLiban-Sud"
target.name String $MISSING_FIELD "Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) headquarters"
target.type String $MISSING_FIELD "Security"
target.weapon String $MISSING_FIELD "Car bomb"
attacker.birth.location String $MISSING_FIELD "Lebanon"
attacker.birth.year Integer $MISSING_FIELD 1967
attacker.demographics.education String $MISSING_FIELD "Primary"
attacker.demographics.gender String $MISSING_FIELD "Male"
attacker.demographics.marital String $MISSING_FIELD "Unknown"
attacker.demographics.occupation String $MISSING_FIELD "Unskilled"
attacker.demographics.religion String $MISSING_FIELD "Secular"