10.....The FBI has just released their list of the Twenty-Two
Most Wanted Terrorists
World Trade Center bombing, February 26, 1993:
Rahman Yasin, 40, an Iraqi, is an Indiana native and one-time
engineering student. Investigators say Yasin lived with convicted
WTC bomber Mohamed Salameh in Jersey City, New Jersey, and maintained
the apartment. Salameh rented the van that carried the explosives;
an indictment says Yasin taught him how to drive. Yasin was questioned
by the FBI after the bombing, but released and fled the country.
Plot to bomb aircraft in Far East, January 1995:
Shaikh Mohammed, who is known by a number of aliases, is a bomb
expert believed to have been trained in Afghanistan. The plot to
blow up airliners in the Far East, called "Project Bojinka,"
Arabic for "Project Explosion," was uncovered in Manila
in 1995 when a fire broke out inside the conspirators' apartment.
Along with Yousef, two co-defendants stand convicted in the plot.
Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia, June 25, 1996:
Saed Bin Ali El-Houri
Salih Mohammed Al-Yacoub
Hussein Mohamed Al-Nasser
U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya, Tanzania, August 7, 1998:
bin Laden, leader of al Qaeda, which the U.S. government maintains
has led a decade-long conspiracy to kill Americans and destroy U.S.
property. A 44-year-old Saudi exile, bin Laden became the subject
of a federal grand jury investigation in New York in 1996 and was
initially charged with terrorism conspiracy in a sealed indictment
in June 1998.
Atef, al Qaeda's military chief, is an Egyptian also known as
"Abu Hafs." Atef is believed to be responsible for supervising
the training of operatives. Prosecutors say in 1993 he provided
military training and assistance to Somali tribes who violently
opposed the United Nations' intervention in Somalia's civil unrest.
In an October 1993 battle, Somali tribesman killed 18 U.S. Army
Rangers. Prosecutors say Atef moved from Sudan to Afghanistan with
bin Laden in 1996 and serves as a member of al Qaeda's leadership
committee, known as the "shura," or consultation council.
His daughter married bin Laden's son Mohamed at a January wedding
in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
al-Zawahiri, 50, is an Egyptian exile who is reputed to be the
No. 2 man in and a co-founder of al Qaeda. A medical doctor, al-Zawahiri
was the leader of the outlawed Egyptian Islamic Jihad group, which
aspires to overthrow the government and turn Egypt into a fundamentalist
Islamic state. That group assassinated Egyptian President Anwar
Sadat at a 1981 military parade, and al-Zawahiri served three years
in prison in connection with the crime. Al-Zawahiri left Egypt in
1985 and lived in Afghanistan and Pakistan, fighting the Soviet-backed
forces in Afghanistan.
tied EIJ to a failed attempt to kill Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak
and a 1995 suicide bombing at the Egyptian Embassy in Islamabad,
Pakistan. Prosecutors say al-Zawahiri effectively merged his forces
with al Qaeda in February 1998.
Abdullah Mohammed, 29, from Comoros, as island off the East
African coast, is suspected of being the main coordinator of the
Kenya embassy bombing. According to prosecutors, Mohammed, also
known as "Harun," is an explosives expert who attended
al Qaeda's paramilitary training camp in Afghanistan and provided
military training to Somali tribes opposed to United Nations and
U.S. presence in 1993. In Kenya, he lived with convicted terrorist
conspirator Wadih el Hage, and used el Hage's laptop to write reports
directly to bin Laden. He fled to Comoros a week after the embassy
Mohammed Ally Msalam
Ahmed Salim Swedan, 32, a Kenyan, is charged in the embassy
bombings. Trial testimony indicated that he co-purchased both of
the used trucks that carried the bombs. He fled Africa for Pakistan
four day before the bombings.
Ahmed Abdullah, an Egyptian known as "Saleh," is accused
of having a direct role in plotting the U.S. embassy bombings and
is charged with murder of all the persons killed. Trial testimony
identified "Saleh" as the leader of both East African
terrorist cells. He fled Kenya for Pakistan the day before the bombings
Al-Adel, an Egyptian, has provided military and intelligence
training for al Qaeda members as early as 1990 and sits on al Qaeda's
"shura" council, according to prosecutors.
Mohammed Hamed Ali, an Egyptian, is not accused of having a
direct role in either U.S. embassy bombing but is facing five counts
of participating in the broader terrorist conspiracy, including
training Somali tribes opposed to U.S. troop presence.
Musa Matwall Atwah, an Egyptian known as "Abdel Rahman."
Prosecutors allege that Atwah provided military and intelligence
training for al Qaeda members as early as 1990 in Afghanistan, Pakistan,
and Sudan and providing military training and assistance to Somali
tribes opposed to U.S. troop presence in 1993. Testimony in the
U.S. embassy bombings trial identified "Abdel Rahman"
as the man who wired the detonator and explosives in both trucks
that exploded at the embassies.
Hijacking of TWA Flight 847, June 14, 1985
of those listed above have been indicted by federal grand
juries. They are also covered by a rewards program offering
up to $5 million each for their capture.
FBI asks anyone with information about these individuals
to call the nearest United
States Embassy or FBI