Suicide Attacks: When, Where, How many

Primary areas Suicide_Attacks

Source: CPOST, Chicago Project On Security and Threats, The University of Chicago.

This article provides some perspective and awareness concerning suicide Attacks.

“To be included in the database, an attack must meet two criteria: 1) at least one attacker must kill him or herself to kill others; and 2) suicide must be verified by at least two independent sources.  Failed suicide attacks – attacks in which the attack does not kill him or herself – and suicide missions – attacks where the attacker dies, but not by his or her own hand — are not collected.  Possible suicide attacks — attacks with only a single source indicating suicide, or attacks where sources give conflicting accounts — are also not included.  Double verification of suicide is crucial: it greatly reduces bias from any single source to ensure the most accurate record of suicide attacks.  Accordingly, users of CPOST data can have high confidence that the attacks in the Suicide Attack Database have actually occurred.” (Source)

Below figure (based on the CPOST Suicide Attack Database) shows the world wide number of suicide attacks, world-wide during the period 1982-2016. SA worldwideIn below table I specify the 15 suicide attacks that took place in Europe (Russia and Turkey excluded) during the same period (1982-2016), based on the same database.SA Europe

To get a better perspective, I related the suicide attacks in Europe to the world-wide total, for the same period: 1982-2016.SA comparisonTo be continued.


From the CPOST-website:

The Chicago Project on Security and Threats (CPOST) is an international security affairs research institute based at the University of Chicago. Founded in 2004 by Robert Pape, Professor of Political Science at the university, CPOST is best known for creating and maintaining the most comprehensive and transparent suicide attack database available. It continues to pursue empirically based research but does not ignore the human element. Drawing on the diverse expertise at the University of Chicago, CPOST finds counterintuitive solutions to complex threats. We are creating a non-partisan open source toolkit to better address emerging threats for government and corporate partners, while training the next generation of difference-makers in policy, business, the military and academia.

The CPOST Suicide Attack Database, the foundation upon which the institute was built, comprises the most complete list of suicide attacks since 1982 currently available. We are proud to make our data freely available to the public. This allows users to review and analyze the complete set of suicide attacks independent of CPOST’s analysis and findings.