Schlagwort-Archive: most wanted

British Jihadis Killed By US Drone In Pakistan

by Florian Flade

Ibrahim Adam, a 24 year-old Briton from East London disappeared in May 2007 along with his older brother Lamine. Both men had been put under a control order after they had previously tried to travel to Iraq and were stopped in Syria. Nevertheless they managed to leave the UK to wage Jihad abroad.

Another brother of Ibrahim and Lamine Adam, named Anthony Garcia, was jailed for life in 2004 for plotting to blow up a night club in London with a fertiliser bomb. Garcia had attended an al-Qaida training camp in 2003 from which wrote a letter to his younger brothers telling them about the virtue of martyrdom and Jihad.

In August Ibrahim Adam and another British Islamist named Mohammed Azmir Khan were killed in a U.S. drone strike in the Waziristan region of Pakistan. Adam was one of the most wanted terrorists in the UK. His passport photographs were found in an al-Qaida safe house in Norway alerting intelligence agencies around the world.

Mohammed Azmir Khan, a 37-year old father of three, and the Adam brothers were part of a group of Islamic militants from Illford (Essex). Khan´s brother Mohammed Jabbar Ahmed known as „Abdul Jabber“, was killed by a U.S. drone in North Waziristan on September 8 2010.

Read about the two British Jihadi militants killed in August this year in this great piece by „The Telegraph“

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/terrorism-in-the-uk/8900443/Britains-most-wanted-killed-in-drone-attack.html

Al-Qaida´s leader in Pakistan killed

by Florian Flade

Al-Qaida Leader in Pakistan – Abu Hafs al-Shehri

An unnamed U.S. intelligence official has confirmed the death of a Saudi Al-Qaida operative believed to be the leader of the terrorist network in Pakistan. Saudi national Osama Hamoud al-Shehri known as „Abu Hafs al-Shehri“ has been killed in a U.S. drone attack in North Waziristan last Sunday.

The 29year old Al-Qaida leader Al-Shehri was about to replace Atiyyatullah al-Libi, the Libyan terrorist who himself was reportedly killed in a U.S. drone strike in the Pakistani tribal areas a few weeks ago.

According to Interpol documents Al-Shehri was born September 17 1981 in Saudi-Arabia. His name appeared on the Saudi most-wanted list of Al-Qaida terrorists. Saudi-Arabian media is reporting Al-Shehri moved to Syria in 2002 and served as an Al-Qaida facilitator who was in contact with Al-Qaida´s central leadership in Afghanistan-Pakistan.

Sources in Pakistan told the media, it is believed Al-Shehri at one point served as a bodyguard to Osama Bin Laden and was therefore widely trusted within Al-Qaida. In Waziristan Abu Hafs al-Shehri was in close contact with the Pakistani „Tehrik e-Taliban“ and coordinated joint operations by the two groups.

Al-Qaida´s East-Africa Leader Killed in Somalia

by Florian Flade

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One of the most-wanted al-Qaida figures was allegedly killed in Somalia on Wednesday. Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, a terrorist commander born in the Comoros Islands in 1974 , was a al-Qaida veteran who joined the organization in the 1990s after traveling to Pakistan. He was trained at an al-Qaida camp in Afghanistan and was allegedly sent to Somalia in 1993 where he took part in the famous incident known as „Black Hawk Down“ in which two US military helicopters were shot down in Mogadishu and 18 US troops were killed.

Fazul Abdullah Mohammed is thought to be a mastermind of the 1998 US Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania as well as a suicide bombing on a luxury hotel complex in Mombasa (Kenya) in 2002. The US placed a bounty of US$ 5 Million on the terrorist whom the counter-terrorism officials say speaks five languages including French and English.

Since 2006 the US has been hunting Abdullah Mohammed as a main al-Qaida target in East Africa. In January 2007 a US airstrike on a al-Qaida training camp in Somalia failed to kill him. Back then, Fazul Abdullah Mohammed had joined the Islamic Courts, a militant group that later became Al-Shabaab. Allegedly Mohammed established several training camps in Southern Somalia and was bringing foreign fighters into the country.

When in November 2009 US special forces carried out a raid in Somalia and killed al-Qaida´s East-Africa leader Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, Fazul Abdullah Mohammed was chosen as his successor by the al-Qaida leadership in Pakistan. „I will honestly perform my duties following my appointment to this new big position by Sheikh Osama bin Laden“, the new al-Qaida East-Africa commander said in speech that was recorded as an audio message.

According to intelligence reports, Mohammed was suspected of traveling in and out of Somalia. He holds a Kenyan passport which led those hunting him believe he would occasionally slip into neighboring Kenya.

On Wednesday last week Somali government troops opened fire on a „Toyota Surf“ SUV heading towards a checkpoint in Somalia´s capital Mogadishu. Two terrorists were killed. The soldiers searched their bodies. One of the two militants carried a South African passport bearing the name „Daniel Robinson“. It was issued in April 2009 and showed that the man had entered Tanzania March 19 and was granted visa there. Additionally US$ 40,000 in cash found in the car.

Initially Somali media reported a Canadian national had been killed by government troops in a firefight. A Al-Shabaab fighter named „Abdurrahman al-Kanadi“ was tought to be the one who was shot dead.

Today Kenyan newspaper The Daily Nation quoted Somali security sources as saying Fazul Abdullah Mohammed was one of the terrorists killed in Mogadishu on Wednesday. Kenya Television Network (KTN) claimed police chief Matthew Iteere confirmed Mohammed´s death.

The US State Department would not comment on the reports coming out of Somalia. Pictures published by Radio Mogadisho of the terrorist´s car and one dead body seem to indicate that it was indeed Fazul Abdullah Mohammed who has been killed.