Al Qaeda-linked groups among world's most active terrorist groups
23 October 2013
Only one of the 5,000 terrorist attacks in 2011 is attributed to al Qaeda Central, but more than half of the top 20 most active perpetrator groups in 2011 are linked to al Qaeda, according to new data released late week in the Global Terrorism Database (GTD), compiled by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) based at the University of Maryland.
A START release reports that the GDT, the most comprehensive, unclassified database of terrorist incidents, now contains information on more than 104,000 domestic and international terrorist attacks between 1970 and 2011. These attacks resulted in more than 225,000 deaths and more than 299,000 injuries. These attacks are defined as the threatened or actual use of illegal force and violence by a non-state actor to attain a political, economic, religious, or social goal through fear, coercion, or intimidation.The top five most active perpetrator groups of terrorist attacks in 2011 were:
- Communist Party of India - Maoist (CPI-M)
- Boko Haram
- Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)
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