Terrorists

For the average American, the very mention of the word “terrorism” would bring back painful memories of the September 11 attacks in which almost 3,000 people were killed. The attacks, executed by the militant group Al-Qaeda, were planned by the group’s leader Osama bin Laden. Besides these attacks, bin Laden was also behind other mass-casualty attacks worldwide. He was finally killed in 2011 in a covert operation undertaken under President Obama. While bin Laden has been killed, America’s war against terrorism continues as there are still numerous terrorists named in the list of FBI Most Wanted Terrorists. One of these notorious men, Jamal Ahmad Mohammad Al Badawi, is convicted of having a role in the USS Cole bombing. He is still at large and there is a reward of $5 million for information leading to his capture. Another terrorist on the list is Abu Ibrahim, wanted in connection with the 1982 bombing of Pan Am Flight 830. While the government is still seeking information regarding several absconding terrorists, many other terrorists who were once on the list have already been captured or killed. Fahd al-Quso, Jainal Antel Sali, and Khadafi Abubakar Janjalani are among the ones who have been killed. Check out this section to know more about some of the deadliest terrorists world has ever seen.
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 1 Dawood Ibrahim

Dawood Ibrahim
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: December 27, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Khed Ratnagiri, Bombay State

A mobster and drug dealer most wanted by India, Dawood Ibrahim heads the organized crime syndicate popularluy known as D-Company. He was named No.3 on The World's 10 Most Wanted Fugitives by the FBI in 2011. He is wanted on the charges of terrorism, murder, targeted killing, extortion, and drug trafficking among other crimes.

 2 Ted Kaczynski

Ted Kaczynski
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Famous As: Unabomber
Birthdate: May 22, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

From a brilliant mathematician and an assistant professor at University of California, Theodore Kaczynski became the notorious American criminal—Unabomber—who was responsible for mail bombs that killed three people and injured 23 in eighteen years. He was eventually caught and sentenced to life imprisonment after his anti-technology essay sent to the media was recognised by his brother.

 3 Osama Bin Laden

Osama Bin Laden
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: March 10, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: May 2, 2011
Osama Bin Laden, former leader of the international terrorist organization Al Qaeda, had orchestrated the September 11 attacks on New York’s World Trade Center, among others. The attacks led to the U.S.’s War on Terror, and Laden was eventually tracked down and killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in 2011.
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 4 Jihadi John

Jihadi John
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: August 17, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Al Jahra, Kuwait
Died: November 12, 2015
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 5 Omar Mateen

Omar Mateen
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: November 16, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Hyde Park, New York, United States
Died: June 12, 2016

 6 Afzal Guru

Afzal Guru
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Famous As: Executive
Birthdate: June 30, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baramulla district
Died: February 9, 2013
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 7 Yakub Memon

Yakub Memon
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: July 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Died: July 30, 2015
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 8 David Headley

David Headley
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: June 30, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
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 9 Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh

Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: December 23, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England

 10 Saad bin Laden

Saad bin Laden
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: 1979 AD
Birthplace: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Died: 2009 AD

 11 Carlos the Jackal

Carlos the Jackal
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Famous As: Mercenary, Terrorist
Birthdate: October 12, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Caracas

 12 Muhammad Atef

Muhammad Atef
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: 1944 AD
Birthplace: Menofia Governorate, Egypt
Died: November 16, 2001

 13 Mullah Krekar

Mullah Krekar
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Famous As: Founder of the terrorist organization Ansar al-Islam
Birthdate: July 7, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sulaymaniyah

Mullah Krekar is an Islamic scholar and militant. He is credited with founding an Islamist armed group named Ansar al-Islam. Interestingly, he claimed that he was not aware of the various terrorist attacks organized by Ansar al-Islam. He is currently serving his sentence in an Italian prison after having been deported to Italy from Norway in 2020.

 14 Talwinder Singh Parmar

Talwinder Singh Parmar
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: February 26, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Panchhat, Kapurthala, Punjab, India
Died: October 15, 1992

 15 Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah

Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah
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Famous As: Egyptian militant
Birthdate: June 6, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Egypt

 16 Idoia López Riaño

Idoia López Riaño
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: March 18, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain

 17 Brigitte Mohnhaupt

Brigitte Mohnhaupt
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: June 24, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rheinberg, Germany

 18 Omar Ismaël Mostefaï

Omar Ismaël Mostefaï
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: November 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Courcouronnes, Évry-Courcouronnes, France
Died: November 14, 2015

 19 Hesham Ashmawy

Hesham Ashmawy
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Famous As: Terrorist, Military personnel
Birthdate: 1978 AD
Birthplace: Nasr City, Egypt
Died: March 4, 2020

 20 Gudrun Ensslin

Gudrun Ensslin
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Famous As: Far-left terrorist and founder of the West German far-left militant group Red Army Faction
Birthdate: August 15, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bartholomä, Germany
Died: October 18, 1977

 21 Seiichi Endo

Seiichi Endo
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Famous As: Murder, Terrorist
Birthdate: June 5, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Died: July 6, 2018

 22 Hafiz Muhammad Saeed

Hafiz Muhammad Saeed
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Famous As: Politician, Terrorist
Birthdate: March 10, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sargodha

 23 Josu Urrutikoetxea

Josu Urrutikoetxea
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 24, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ugao-Miraballes, Spain

 24 William C. Quantrill

William C. Quantrill
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Famous As: Confederate guerrilla leader
Birthdate: July 31, 1837
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Canal Dover, Ohio, United States
Died: June 6, 1865

 25 Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: July 22, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tokmok, Chuy Oblusu, Kyrgyzstan

 26 Birgit Hogefeld

Birgit Hogefeld
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Famous As: Red Army Faction
Birthdate: July 27, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wiesbaden, Germany

 27 Abu Yahya al-Libi

Abu Yahya al-Libi
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: January 1, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Libya
Died: June 4, 2012

 28 Eric Rudolph

Eric Rudolph
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: September 19, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Merritt Island, Florida, United States

Eric Rudolph is a terrorist convicted for a series of bombings in the southern US between 1996 and 1998. He is also known as the Olympic Park Bomber. He was listed as one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives for five years before being captured. He is currently incarcerated at the ADX Florence Supermax prison. 

 29 Ahmed Ghailani

Ahmed Ghailani
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: April 14, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zanzibar, Tanzania

 30 Timothy McVeigh

Timothy McVeigh
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: April 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lockport, New York, United States
Died: June 11, 2001

A Gulf War veteran, Timothy McVeigh made headlines after carrying out the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people. He defended his actions saying that he wanted to inspire a revolution against what he considered a tyrannical government. The bombing remains the most malignant act of domestic terrorism in American history. He was executed by lethal injection in 2001.

 31 Khalid Batarfi

Khalid Batarfi
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Famous As: Militant
Birthdate: 1978 AD
Birthplace: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

 32 Anders Behring Breivik

Anders Behring Breivik
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: February 13, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway
Anders Behring Breivik, or Andrew Berwick, is a Norwegian terrorist who bombed eight people in Oslo and then shot dead 69 people at a AUF summer camp on the island of Utøya. The incident, known as the 2011 Norway Attacks, led to him being sent to jail for 21 years.

 33 Bangla Bhai

Bangla Bhai
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: 1970 AD
Birthplace: Bangladesh
Died: March 30, 2007

Bangla Bhai was a Bangladeshi terrorist who served as the military commander of the infamous militant group Al Qaeda. He gained worldwide notoriety for terrorist activities such as bombings before his arrest in 2006. He was sentenced to death and executed by hanging in 2007.

 34 Ayman al-Zawahiri

Ayman al-Zawahiri
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: June 19, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Maadi, Egypt
Former surgeon Ayman al-Zawahiri was initially Osama bin Laden’s physician and became the leader of al-Qaeda after Laden’s death. He was one of the brains behind the 9/11 terror attacks. He also urged Muslims to kidnap Western tourists in Islamic countries and was behind the U.S. Embassy bombings in Africa.

 35 Tamerlan Tsarnaev

Tamerlan Tsarnaev
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: October 21, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Elista, Russia
Died: April 19, 2013

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a Soviet-born terrorist best remembered for planting two homemade pressure-cooker bombs at the 2013 Boston Marathon, killing three people. Many people were injured and 17 of those lost limbs. He planted the bombs with his brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and the two killed a policeman after the FBI declared them suspects. Tsarnaev was killed in the ensuing shootout.

 36 Samantha Lewthwaite

Samantha Lewthwaite
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Famous As: Suspected Terrorist
Birthdate: December 5, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Banbridge, United Kingdom
Died: November 12, 2014

Called the ‘white widow’, British national Samantha Lewthwaite is one of the most wanted terrorists in the world. She has been linked to the Somali terrorist group Al Shabaab and was reportedly involved in the 2013 Nairobi Westgate shopping mall terror attack. She is the widow of one of the four suicide bombers who carried out the July 2005 London subway terror attacks.

 37 Terry Nichols

Terry Nichols
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: April 1, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lapeer, Michigan, United States
Terry Nichols is a convicted terrorist who was part of the Oklahoma City bombing, along with co-conspirator, Timothy McVeigh, whom he had met while working with the U.S. Army. Nichols was sentenced to life in prison without parole and remains incarcerated at ADX Florence, a high-security prison in Colorado.

 38 Mohammed Omar

Mohammed Omar
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: 1960 AD
Birthplace: Kandahar, Afghanistan
Died: April 23, 2013

 39 Mohamed Atta

Mohamed Atta
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Famous As: Hijacker
Birthdate: September 1, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kafr el-Sheikh, Egypt
Died: September 11, 2001

 40 Richard Reid

Richard Reid
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: August 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bromley, United Kingdom

 41 Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: October 30, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zarqa, Jordan
Died: June 7, 2006
Jordanian jihadist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi ran a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan. He led many attacks on American troops during the Iraq War and formed the Jama'at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad. He came to be known as the Emir of Al Qaeda in the Country of Two Rivers

 42 Anwar al-Awlaki

Anwar al-Awlaki
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Famous As: Islamic preacher
Birthdate: April 22, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States
Died: September 30, 2011

Al-Qaeda terrorist and Islamic preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, initially a university lecturer, had been involved in a number of terrorist attack plots, including one in which they had planned to blow up a Detroit-bound airplane. American-born Yemeni Awlaki died in a drone strike ordered by Barack Obama in 2011.

 43 Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: March 1, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kuwait

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is a Pakistani terrorist, who is believed to be “the principal architect of the 9/11 attacks.” A member of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda organization, he led al-Qaeda's propaganda operations for a few years. He is known by at least fifty pseudonyms. He was captured in 2003 and is currently detained at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

 44 Adelheid Schulz

Adelheid Schulz
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: March 31, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lörrach, Germany

 45 Beate Zschape

Beate Zschape
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: January 2, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jena, East Germany

 46 Ajmal Kasab

Ajmal Kasab
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Famous As: Member of the Lashkar-e-Taiba Islamist terrorist organization, through which he took part in the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks in Maharashtra, India
Birthdate: July 13, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Faridkot, Punjab, Pakistan
Died: November 21, 2012

 47 Ramzi Yousef

Ramzi Yousef
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: April 27, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kuwait

 48 Zacarias Moussaoui

Zacarias Moussaoui
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: May 30, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France

 49 Hamza bin Laden

Hamza bin Laden
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Famous As: Terrrorist
Birthdate: 1989 AD
Birthplace: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Died: 2019 AD

 50 Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab
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Famous As: Underwear Bomber
Birthdate: December 22, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lagos