Since 9/11, homeland/national security officials have been on the hunt for Adnan Shukrijumah. He was most recently tied to the NYC 2010 bombing plot involving convicted Colorado jihadi Najibullah Zazi and I’ve been keeping track of his various alleged sightings for nearly 10 years now.
Adnan Shukrijumah. Does the name ring a bell? It should if you have been a regular reader of this blog since its inception in 2004.
In August 2004, I reported on the FBI search for the high-profile fugitive and al Qaeda operative billed as the “next Mohammed Atta.” There’s been a $5 million bounty on his head for six years. He has been reportedly spotted at or near the Mexican border and allegedly has met with Latin American gangs. In 2007, his name came up in wiretaps related to the busted NYC/JFK bombing plot.
Well, he’s still on the loose. And he’s still apparently hard at work on global jihad.
So, guess who may be harboring this fugitive and now-rising al Qaeda leader?
He was not a member of the South Florida “sleeper” cell that plotted the 9-11 terrorist attacks, but former Broward County Community College student Adnan El Shukrijumah has risen to the top ranks of al-Qaida’s global operations, according to the Justice Department.
The Saudi-born El Shukrijumah, who studied computer science and chemistry at BCC, left his family’s home in Miramar for Trinidad the week before the Sept. 11, 2001, assaults. His whereabouts were a mystery for years.
But last July, the 35-year-old was charged along with four others in an alleged al-Qaida plot to attack New York’s subway system and targets in England.
El Shukrijumah, a one-time legal U.S. resident and citizen of Guyana, is now a fugitive believed to be in Pakistan, according to the FBI.
Staying at another Extended Stay Qaeda Residence Inn, perhaps?
More on Shukrijumah’s rise from Charlie Szrom.