TERRORISM HOAXES IN CANADA: Data and Trends

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Empirical research on terrorism hoaxes is limited, because hoaxes are frequently excluded from large sample terrorism events database on the grounds that they do not directly yield casualties or property damage. Some data sources do include information on terrorism hoaxes, but they are limited by their scope of coverage (see Figure 1).
International Terrorism: Attributes of Terrorist Events (ITERATE) covers all weapon types, but is limited to those events that implicate more than one country (Mickolus et al. 2012). The Monterey Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism Database (WMDDB) covers any geographic orientation, but is limited to those events involving chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear (CBRN) weapons (Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program 2012). The Canadian Incident Database (CIDB) covers all weapon types, but only as they relate to Canadian perpetrators, victims, and/or targets (“Canadian Incident Database [CIDB]” 2016). Within this single-country context, it provides insight into the frequency of non-CBRN domestic incidents, which are excluded in ITERATE and the WMDDB.

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PUBLISHED IN 2019

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Countering Violent Extremism

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