[[caption-width-right:350:[[TruthInTelevision Al Shabaab, an Islamic extremist group, located in Southern Somalia and posing with their [=RPG-7=]s.]]]]

African Terrorists are terrorists from sub-Saharan Africa who primarily operate out of their home continent, carrying out guerilla operations against domestic and foreign governments and frequently being involved in the drug trade. They will often be {{Mook}}s to a wealthier, lighter-skinned criminal organization, typically [[WesternTerrorists Western or Slavic]]. Similar to their Middle Eastern counterparts, they are usually equipped with surplus Warsaw Pact firearms, supplied by the USSR in the Cold War (usually to the Communist revolutionaries in Angola and Mozambique) or bought from other warlords.

For terrorism-related {{sister trope}}s, see WesternTerrorists, FarEastAsianTerrorists and MiddleEasternTerrorists. It also has a SisterTrope to in AmoralAfrikaner, who is almost always white and a member of generally better-equipped PrivateMilitaryContractors, but still African in origin (generally, they are white South Africans[[note]]with Namibians and Rhodesians being other possibilities[[/note]]) and just as nasty.

While TruthInTelevision, this subject is very [[{{Pun}} volatile]] in nature, so '''Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease'''



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/TwoThousandOneNights'', the chapter ''Elliptical Orbit' features African terrorists combined with YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters.
* ''Manga/DogSoldier'' has Zardoz, founder and leader of the [[{{Cult}} New Revolutionary Army]].
* ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion'' has African terrorists appear as villains from time to time.

* ''Film/BeastsOfNoNation'' revolves around these. In an [[{{Bulungi}} unnamed West African country]] torn apart by civil war, an orphaned boy named Agu gets picked up by the Native Defense Forces (NDF), who coerce him into joining a unit of {{child soldiers}}, and aiding them in committing [[RapePillageAndBurn all sorts of war crimes]].
* ''Film/BloodDiamond'' has the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), a real-life example of a rebel army that fought in the UsefulNotes/SierraLeone CivilWar. They commit a [[RapePillageAndBurn very wide range of atrocities]], including the conscription of {{child soldiers}}; [[TheProtagonist Solomon Vandy]]'s son Dia is one of many boys who are forced to join the RUF.
* ''Film/BlackHawkDown'' features the Somali National Alliance (SNA), another real-life example, which was a militia involved in the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu during the {{UsefulNotes/Somali|a}} CivilWar. They are the antagonists fighting against [[UsefulNotes/UnitedStates US]]-led [[UsefulNotes/UnitedNations UN]] forces over control of the city.
* ''Film/TheGodsMustBeCrazy'' features Sam Boga and his men, who shoot up the Cabinet of a {{Bulungi}} and spend the rest of the film fleeing from the army.
* ''Film/TearsOfTheSun''
* Steven Obanno, an LRA leader, shows up near the beginning of ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' in a meeting with [[TheManBehindTheMan Mr. White]], in order to negotiate a deal with the criminal international banker Le Chiffre to hold the funds of his organization for safekeeping. WordOfGod is that Obanno was based on the RealLife leader of the LRA, Joseph Kony.
** An interesting example are the black Caribbean {{Mook}}s of [[Film/QuantumOfSolace Quantum]], who show up near the beginning in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where Dominic Greene meets with General Medrano.
* [[SmallRoleBigImpact General Amajagh and his men]] from ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''. A group of rebels in [[{{Bulungi}} Nairomi]] who are secretly [[spoiler:being supplied with experimental [[Comicbook/LexLuthor LexCorp]] weapons by the US, and, on Lex's orders, are murdered and then burned to [[FrameUp frame]] Comicbook/{{Superman}} for the massacre.]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The rebel army who forces Mr. Eko to become a child soldier in ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
* A couple episodes of ''Series/MacGyver1985'' involved these.
* These appear in Season 7 of ''Series/TwentyFour''. Appropriate to the trope, TheManBehindTheMan is white CorruptCorporateExecutive Jonas Hodges.
* ''Series/KnightRider''
* ''Series/{{Flashforward|2009}}: Protagonists came to Somalia to investigate mysterious towers and ran into those guys.
* In the ''Series/{{JAG}}'' episode "Embassy", when Harm & Mac are at a reception at the Sudanese embassy in Washington, it's seemingly taken over by a rebel faction supporting an opposition leader. [[spoiler: It actually is an elaborate setup by the asshole ambassador to make him look like a hero and discredit the opposition]].

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Since the strip is set in a fictional African nation, it's natural enough that ComicStrip/ThePhantom has faced some African terrorists. A few groups have been shown forcefully recruiting ChildSoldiers.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/FarCry2'' involves two guerrilla armies whose actions make them look startling like this trope. They are ostensible fighting for the people while wearing massive irony blinders. In order to get around the game revolving around shooting black people in the face, large numbers of non-black foreigners and mercenaries are included, almost to the point where finding black enemies is a challenge. These allies are [[PrivateMilitaryContractors PMCs]] and not terrorists, considering they're only doing it for money.
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'', which is partially set in {{UsefulNotes/Angola}} during its real-life civil war in the 1980s, there's a minor subplot regarding an unnamed rebel militia that would definitely qualify as "terrorists". This group, which is involved in a tribal conflict, had abducted numerous young boys from their families, forcing them to [[SelfMadeOrphan kill their own parents]] and fight for them as {{child soldiers}}.
* The terrorists in ''VideoGame/SimTower'' who occasionally plant a bomb in your building are represented by a CoolShades wearing, trench coat-clad ScaryBlackMan who looks like he just came from Nigeria.
* ''VideoGame/ProjectReality'' introduced the "African Resistance Fighters" faction in v1.0.
* ''VideoGame/BeyondTwoSouls'': [[spoiler:Subverted.]] During her time with the CIA, Jodie goes on a mission into Somalia to assassinate a local warlord to stop the latest insurgency. [[spoiler:Only after she completes the mission does she discover that she actually killed the democratically-elected President of the country, and her superiors lied to her.]]