Islami Chhatra Shibir, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, has ranked third among the top ten most active non-state armed groups across the world in 2013, said a study of HIS Pressroom.
The HIS study titled “IHS Jane’s 2013 Global Terrorism & Insurgency Attack Index”, ranked Shibir third in the list beating militant Islamist organization al-Qaeda, Iraq that has ranked fifth.
Barisan Revolusi Nasional of Thailand came first in the ranking while Islamic fundamentalist political organization Taliban of Afghanistan has ranked second.
The US-based research group released the story on its website on February 13.
The study put Communist Party of India (Maoist), Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabaab) of Kenya, FARC of Colombia, New People’s Army of Philippines, Jabhat al-Nusra of Syria and Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) respectively on fourth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth position.
“In 2009, a worldwide total of 7,217 attacks were recorded from open sources. In 2013, that number increased by more than 150% to 18,524,” said Matthew Henman, manager of IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre (JTIC), which carried out the study.
He further said: “The epicentre of 2013 activity was in the Middle East, with significant pockets of violence radiating out to neighbouring regions in Africa and South Asia.”