Al-Qaeda isn’t exactly a stranger, but how many terrorist groups do you really know? Yeah, we didn’t either. Although, we sure did find out! These terrorist groups are working every day, and we bet you didn’t even notice! To find out the top groups you’ve never heard of, all you have to do is keep reading!
Number Six: The Irish Republican Army Terrorist Group
Also known as the IRA, this movement sprouted in the 20th century aimed to fight Irish republicanism, which focuses on the concept that Ireland should be an independent republic. Despite their cause, they are approaching the situation in all of the wrong ways. These extremists take action with intense violence, even after the split. Many people believe they have received a great deal of their training from Libya, Palestine, and even America.
Number Five: The Liberian Tiger of Tamil Eelam
Otherwise known as the Tamil Tigers, these soldiers have been fighting a violent battle for a homeland to embrace their Tamil culture in Sri Lanka. They were the first to use suicide bomb attacks, and also the first to use women in these attacks. They have been responsible for countless assassinations, hundreds of suicides, and the lost lives of over 70,000 citizens.
Number Four: Boko Haram
The Boko Haram sect in Nigeria has been a huge problem for the country in the past, and the threat is only growing. This group is considered responsible for a handful of government attacks, targets on the United Nations, and often churches who undermine the Islamic religion. Their actions have spawned from the idea that their country is controlled by “fake Muslims”, and aim to create an Islamic nation ruled with Sharia law.
Number Three: Al-Shabaab
Al-Shabaab is a terrorist group in Somalia that aims to create a “fundamentalist Islamic state”. They have caused the deaths of thousands of aid workers, journalists, social leaders, and peacekeepers of the African Union. Just last year, an attack was reported to kill 150 citizens after a raid on the Garissa University College in Kenya.
Number Two: Bodu Bala Sena
The Bodu Bala Sena, or Buddhist Power Force, is a primarily Sinhalese Buddhist organization in Sri Lanka. After their formation in 2012, they have been bent on enforcing the Buddhist religion in Sri Lanka by extreme means. They have been known to target minority religions in the country, including Christianity and Islam.
Number One: Lashkar-E-Taiba
The Lashkar-E-Taiba is a mainly Pakistani group that has been undermining the Indian government for over two decades. Led by Hafiz Muhammed Saeed, this organization has declared war with India, the U.S., and Isreal among other enemies. The group is heavily armed and trained, and are an intense threat to “the enemies of Islam”. We hope you learned a lot from our list of the top six terrorist groups you have never heard of!