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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Rank the Most Wicked Terrorists

 1 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.

 2 Mohammed Omar

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

Ted Kaczynski.
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Famous As: Terrorist, Anarchist
Birthdate: May 22, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago

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.

 4 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.
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 5 Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

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

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.

 6 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
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 7 Akhtar Mohammad Mansour

Akhtar Mohammad Mansour
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Famous As: Militant
Birthdate: 1968 AD
Birthplace: Maiwand, Afghanistan
Died: May 21, 2016
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 8 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.
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 9 Otto Warmbier

Otto Warmbier
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Famous As: Criminals
Birthdate: December 12, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Died: June 19, 2017

 10 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.

 11 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. 

 12 Timothy McVeigh

Timothy McVeigh.
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: April 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lockport,New York
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.

 13 Ramzi Yousef

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

 14 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

 15 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.

 16 Zacarias Moussaoui

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

 17 Richard Reid

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

 18 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.

 19 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

 20 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.

 21 Carlos the Jackal

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

 22 Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti

Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti
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Famous As: terrorist, courier
Birthdate: 1978 AD
Birthplace: Kuwait
Died: May 2, 2011

 23 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

 24 Omar Abdel-Rahman

Omar Abdel-Rahman
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: May 3, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dakahlia Governorate, Egypt
Died: February 18, 2017

 25 Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab

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

 26 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

 27 Muhammad Atef

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

 28 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

 29 Hafiz Muhammad Saeed

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

 30 Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah

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

 31 Dokka Umarov

Dokka Umarov
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Famous As: Militant
Birthdate: April 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kharsenoy, Chechnya, Russia
Died: September 7, 2013

Chechen separatist Dokka Umarov later declared himself the emir of the Islamic Caucasus Emirate. Though a civil engineer by profession, he continued to indulge in criminal activities while working in Russia. He was eventually poisoned, and his body was found in a remote Russian area.

 32 Saif al-Adel

Saif al-Adel
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Famous As: Al-Qaeda
Birthdate: April 11, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Menofia Governorate, Egypt

 33 Beate Zschape

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

 34 Boris Savinkov

Boris Savinkov
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Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: January 31, 1879
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kharkiv, Ukraine
Died: May 7, 1925

 35 Luis Posada Carriles

Luis Posada Carriles
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Famous As: Intelligence agent
Birthdate: February 15, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cienfuegos, Cuba
Died: May 23, 2018

 36 Abu Daoud

Abu Daoud
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Famous As: Palestinian militant
Birthdate: May 19, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Palestine
Died: July 3, 2010

 37 George Metesky

George Metesky
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: November 2, 1903
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Connecticut, United States
Died: May 23, 1994

 38 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

 39 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.

 40 Abdul Rashid Ghazi

Abdul Rashid Ghazi
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: January 29, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Islamabad, Pakistan
Died: July 10, 2007

 41 Valerio Fioravanti

Valerio Fioravanti
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: March 28, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rovereto, Italy

 42 Linda Wenzel

Linda Wenzel
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Famous As: Member for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Birthdate: December 19, 2001
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saxony, Germany

 43 Josu Urrutikoetxea

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

 44 Irmgard Möller

Irmgard Möller
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: May 13, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bielefeld, Germany

 45 Brigitte Mohnhaupt

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

 46 Birgit Hogefeld

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

 47 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

 48 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

 49 Hanadi Jaradat

Hanadi Jaradat
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: September 22, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jenin, Palestine
Died: October 4, 2003

 50 Serhane Ben Abdelmajid

Serhane Ben Abdelmajid
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: July 10, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tunisia, Tunisia
Died: April 3, 2004
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