A list of the most dangerous terrorist in the world, may not be all encompassing.
This is because terror is launched on many countries in the world, which means that, someone who may be considered to be dangerous in US may not be considered dangerous in the West Africa where Abubakar Shekau holds supreme.
Also, these terrorists usually belong to a terrorist organization.
Nevertheless, we have compiled a list of Top 5 World’s most dangerous terrorist according to the levels of attacks and by virtue of being in the most wanted terrorists list.
5. Nasir al-Wuhayshi
The leader of the Islamist militant group – al-Qaeda, in the Arabian peninsula.
Born on 1 October 1976, the Yemeni citizen served as Osama Bin Laden’s private secretary in Afghanistan.
He spent some years in jail in his home country, Yemen but escaped from prison custody along with 23 others in 2006.
As its leader in Yemen, he spearheaded many attacks on Yemeni security forces as well as foreign tourists.
He coordinated the US embassy attack in Yemen in 2008 killing 6 people and injuring at least 16.
The attackers came in dressing like policemen, armed with automatic rifles, rocket propelled granades and car bombs.
Al-Wuhayshi was killed in Yemen by a US drone on 12 June 2015.
4. Ahmed Abdi Godane
He is also known as Mukhtar Abu Zubayr, the leader of the dreaded Somali terrorist group, Al-shabaab, which have links with Al-Qaeda.
Born in Somali, he received training in Afghanistan.
He has been the leader of the organization since 2008.
The terror group has been trying to force down its Islamic beliefs on the nation but it also targets neighboring African countries like Kenya and Uganda who they believe are in supports of the Somalian government.
In 2010, it carried out suicide bombings in Kampala, Uganda, killing more than 70 people.
The group under his leadership carried out the mass shootings in Westgate Shopping Mall, Nairobi, Kenya which recorded about 67 deaths.
Godane was killed on 1 September 2014 by a US drone strike after the Somali government had launched a military operation targeted at members of the sect.
3. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
A Sunni Muslim from Iraq, he was the leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) between 2010 – 2019.
He carried out many attacks as the head of the group, targeting shia civilians.
He took credit for a series of car bombings in Baghdad in December 2011 which resulted to the death of more than 50 people.
He took part in the genocide of Yazidis in Iraq and the kidnap of Kayla Mueller, an American humanitarian aid worker.
He was a rapist and practiced sexual slavery.
He died by detonating a suicide vest on 26 October 2019 after the US Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) raided his location.
In the assault, he was chased by military dogs before blowing up himself, killing two children in the process.
President Donald Trump described him as the most wanted terrorist after he was killed.
Before his death, there was a $10 million dollars bounty placed on him which was later increased to $25 million in 2017 for any information leading to his capture.
2. Aywan al-Zawahiri
After Osama Bin Laden’s death, the Egyptian succeeded him and has been the leader of al-Qaeda since 2011.
He has launched attacks in Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and in the Middle East.
The 68-year old doctor has executed a lot of terrors since becoming the leader.
One of such was the 1998 US embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya where hundreds of people were killed in simultaneous truck bombs.
Another one worthy of note is the September 11 2001 attacks in US, and was described as the ‘operational brains’ behind it.
He has been number 2 in the FBI’s list of most wanted terrorist since 2001, only behind Osama Bin Laden. Till now, he has not been captured or killed and has a $25 million bounty placed on his head.
1. Osama Bin Laden
Popularly known for the 9/11 attacks on US soil, he tops our list.
He was founder of the deadly organization al-Qaeda in 1988. He was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia but operated from Afghanistan.
He openly declared war on America.
Aside the 9/11 attacks which killed nearly 3000 people, he also staged many other strikes all through the years he was leader.
Prominent amongst them is the USS Cole attack on October 12, 2000 on a US Navy ship, leaving 17 sailors dead and 39 wounded, and the 1998 US embassy bombings. In 2001 when American declared war on terror, he was number one on the FBI’s list for a decade (2001-2011). He believed in sharia law and that only it could save the crises in Islam.
The American government led by Bill Clinton shortly after the attacks tried capturing him.
This never materialised until 2011 when President Obama ordered a covert operation to kill or capture Osama Bin Laden.
On May 2 2011, he was killed by the US Navy seals. The operation spanning years to plan lasted for about 40 minutes.
He died from gunshots wounds in Pakistan.