We’ve been looking for this piece of shit for many years. Now he’s dead.
Pakistan’s army said it killed an al Qaeda operative, who grew up in the United States and was on the FBI’s list of most wanted terrorists.
Adnan G. El Shukrijumah, 39, was once indicted for his alleged role in a terror plot to attack targets there and in the UK.
He was killed in a raid in South Waziristan on Saturday, Pakistani army spokesman Asim Bajwal said on Twitter.
Shukrijumah, a senior commander, is thought to have served as one of the leaders of al Qaeda’s external operations program, according to the FBI, hatching plots to attack the West.
He was indicted by New York authorities in 2010 over an alleged plot to have two men blow themselves up in the city’s subway system.
The FBI had placed a $5 million reward for information leading to his capture.
Shukrijumah was born in Saudi Arabia, the eldest son of a Saudi Imam, and came to America as a young child.
His family settled in Brooklyn, New York, where his father preached at a mosque. They lived at a nearby house before moving to Florida in the mid-’90s.
His father, who is now dead, opened a small mosque near Fort Lauderdale.
Shukrijumah worked at odd jobs, including selling used cars and took classes information technology and chemistry, at a small college in South Florida. He also took classes to improve his English.
Then he disappeared.
The FBI says that after he left America, Shukrijumah started off as an al Qaeda dishwasher, doing menial tasks at training camps. But he rose in the ranks to a key leadership position.
An FBI counter-terrorism agent linked Shukrijumah to the thwarted New York subway suicide mission in fall of 2009 in the biggest post-9/11 terror investigation.
Unfortunately, this good news is tempered this morning by the bad news out of Yemen.
U.S. journalist and a South African teacher held by al Qaeda militants in Yemen were killed during a rescue attempt by U.S. and Yemeni forces, senior officials said on Saturday.
U.S. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said al Qaeda militants killed Luke Somers, 33, and another hostage during the rescue operation.
Major General Ali al-Ahmadi, chief of the national security bureau in Yemen, said Somers was killed during the raid and other hostages held by the group had been taken to field hospitals, but gave no details about them or their condition.
Somers was removed from the scene but died later from a wound he suffered during the rescue attempt, a senior official in the Yemeni president’s office said.
Relief group Gift of the Givers said teacher Pierre Korkie was also killed.