7 Most Destructive Terrorist Attacks in History

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New York City – September 11th, 2001

On the morning of September 11th, everything seemed right in the world. On that catastrophic day, 19 terrorists hijacked no less than four planes and carried out synchronized attacks on New York City and Washington D.C. These events completely changed the course of history.

Over 2,996 people died in the attacks, and more than 6000 were injured. It was by far the deadliest terrorist attack in our entire history. As a response to the attacks, the United States launched the “war on terror” that ended in 2021.

Boko Haram Uprising – July 26th, 2009

The Boko Haram group, which stands for “western education is forbidden” was formed in 2002, in Hausa. But it wasn’t until the summer of 2009 that they finally began to get more traction and carry out their attacks. On July 26th, 2009, Boko Haram carried out the first major attack in its history.

They started their assault by starting a firefight at the police headquarters in Bauchi. The firefight was followed by a series of attacks on police stations, but also government buildings. As a response, the Nigerian military launched its own operation against Boko Haram. Even so, this only angered the group even worse. Estimates are showing that more than 1,000 people lost their lives during the Boko Haram uprising.

Between 2009 and 2015, Boko Haram attacked many times, multiple locations. They bombed the headquarters of the United Nations in Abuja, but also in Baga, where they invaded the Multinational Joint Task Force headquarters.

Yumbi Violence – December 16th, 2018

A minimum of 890 people, mostly Banunus, were tragically killed in Yumbi, located in Mai-Ndombe Province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), on December 16, respectively 18, 2018. The violence started because of a dispute over the burial of a local chief.

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