el Shukrijumah is a Most Wanted Terrorist
Aliases : Adnan
G. El Shukri Jumah; Abu
Known As : "Jaffar the Pilot"
: Saudi Arabia (Saudis
Deny Shukrijumah is a Citizen of Their
of Birth : August 4, 1975 (29
(Stories Related to Adnan G. El Shukrijumah)
20, 2003 (US Dept. of Justice)
on the Lookout (BOLO)
The FBI has issued a "Be on
the Lookout" (BOLO) alert for Adnan
G. El Shukrijumah in connection
with possible threats against the United
States. In the BOLO alert, the FBI expresses
interest in locating and questioning El
Shukrijumah, and asks all law enforcement
personnel to notify the FBI immediately
if he is located. El Shukrijumah's current
whereabouts are unknown.
El Shukrijumah is possibly involved
with al-Qaeda terrorist activities and,
if true, poses a serious threat to U.S.
Citizens and interests worldwide.
El Shukrijumah is 27 years old and
was born in Saudi Arabia. He is approximately
132 pounds (but may be heavier today),
5 '3" to 5'5" tall, has a Mediterranean
complexion, black hair, black eyes, and
occasionally wears a beard. A photograph
of this individual is available on the
FBI's website, http://www.fbi.gov/.
24, 2003 (TIME Magazine Online)
Sheikh Mohammed Names Names
of the al-Qaeda operatives identified
by Mohammed is Adman G. El Shukrijumah,
a 27-year-old Saudi who went to college
in South Florida. Last week the FBI launched
a global manhunt for Shukrijumah, who,
officials say, Mohammed has dubbed a leader
on a par with Mohammed Atta, the top man
on the 9/11 hijack team. Sources tell
TIME that U.S. intelligence agencies are
urgently searching for at least two other
key lieutenants fingered by Mohammed.
Still other team names and descriptions
have been refined during Mohammed's interrogation.
This data has been dispatched to allied
intelligence and security services to
be placed on lookout lists.
26, 2003 (CBS News)
Wanted: The Next Atta?
On the day after America went to war in
Iraq, the FBI put out a bulletin that,
as CBS News Correspondent Jim Stewart
reports for 60 Minutes II, reminds us
the war on terrorism is far from finished.
agents are desperately looking for a man
they say could be the next Mohammad Atta,
the ringleader of the 9/11 hijackers.
Like many other al Qaeda members, they
say this man was born in Saudi Arabia,
attended terrorist camps in Afghanistan
and is an expert in explosives.
unlike others, he is believed to have
been tutored by some of the best minds
in al Qaeda. And what makes him really
dangerous, the FBI believes, is that he
lived in America for several years, which
now makes him one of the bureau’s
most wanted men in the world.
name is Adnan El-Shukrijumah,
a 27-year-old Saudi Muslim who, the FBI
fears, has been anointed the head of a
new cell with orders to attack targets
inside the United States. Pat D’Amuro
is the head of counter terrorism for the
FBI and the man who decided to ring the
all the suspected al Qaeda operatives
out there, where does El-Shukrijumah fit
on the FBI's scale?
D;Amuro, "This individual would rate
in the top five with respect to protection
of the homeland... I would say, for domestic
reasons, within the continental United
States, this individual is very important
for the FBI to find."
31, 2003 (Miami Herald)
sees terror; family sees good son
is now among the most hunted men in America.
to his family in South Forida, Adnan Gulshair
El'Shukri-jumah is the son who -- at the
age of 8 -- took over as head of his home
in Saudi Arabia in the absence of his
describe him as a brother who loved to
picnic in the desert outside Medina and
enjoyed American movies but not America's
the subject of a global manhunt for his
suspected involvement in possible terrorist
activities, family members say he was
just a normal, good-natured young man
who dreamed of a family of his own, whose
young adult years in Miramar were filled
with driving children to school, buying
groceries and taking college courses.
sometimes went with his father to lead
Islamic worship services and took his
Muslim heritage seriously. But by their
account, Adnan El'Shukri-jumah never showed
any signs of taking up the militant causes
16, 2003 (USA Today)
of al-Qaeda keeps coming back to Fla.
Fla. — This spring, FBI agents searching
for suspected al-Qaeda terrorist Adnan
El Shukrijumah homed in on Hollywood/Pines
Boulevard, a leafy commercial strip in
the suburbs of Fort Lauderdale. El Shukrijumah,
a trained pilot who is the focus of a
worldwide search, attended college and
a mosque on the boulevard before disappearing
in the mid-1990s, the 45-mile strip between
Miami and Boca Raton was home to El
Shukrijumah; the two al-Qaeda
wannabes, Mandhai and Shueyb Mossa Jokhan;
12 of the 19 Sept. 11 hijackers; and Jose
Padilla, a suspected al-Qaeda operative
who U.S. investigators say once met with
El Shukrijumah overseas. Authorities believe
that Padilla, a Chicago native being held
by the U.S. military as an uncharged "enemy
combatant," was interested in getting
material for a radioactive "dirty
local Muslim leaders say the connections
are incidental and should be expected
in a community where men routinely visit
several mosques to pray and to socialize.
saw (El Shukrijumah, Padilla and Mandhai)
at different times in different mosques,
and I always said hello," says Sofian
Abdelaziz, director of the American Muslim
Association of North America, a community
services group in North Miami Beach. "Does
that make me a terrorist?"
22, 2003 (Front Page Magazine)
vs. the FBI
March of 2003, the Miami office of the
FBI held a joint press conference with
the Council on American Islamic Relations
(CAIR) concerning the FBI's search for
suspected terrorist Adnan El Shukrijumah.
According to the FBI, El Shukrijumah was
“identified by senior members of
the al-Qaeda organization as a very, very,
very serious threat to the United States
interests, both here and abroad.”
the event, the FBI issued a press release,
claiming CAIR had “approached the
FBI and offered their assistance in reaching
out to the Arab-American community to
encourage them to provide any information
they might have concerning El Shukrijumah
and to address concerns within [sic.]
community regarding hate crimes.”
days later, CAIR issued its own press
release. However, this one contradicted
the FBI. CAIR’s PR machine claimed
that it was not CAIR that approached the
FBI, but it was in fact the FBI that approached
the radical Islamic group. The CAIR press
release states, “The FBI approached
us and sought our help.” This may
seem like an honest mistake to some, but
when CAIR’s concerned, honesty rarely
factors in on the equation.
5, 2003 (CBS News)
Hunts 4 Terror Suspects
The FBI issued a bulletin Friday announcing
a worldwide search for four men in connection
with possible terrorist threats against
the United States.
of the four is a Saudi with family ties
in South Florida, who has previously
been described as a possible al Qaeda
operative in the mold of Mohammed Atta,
ringleader of the 9-11 attackers.
FBI posted the bulletin on its Web site
and circulated it among law enforcement
agencies after recent intelligence indicated
the four could be involved in an unspecified
plot against U.S. interests, said a law
enforcement official who spoke on condition
FBI had been seeking information about
all four — two Saudis, a Moroccan
and a Tunisian — for months, but
the new information led officials to intensify
the search, said a second official, also
on condition of anonymity.
individuals should be considered armed
and dangerous," the FBI bulletin
reads. None of the four are believed to
be in the United States.
18, 2003 (Toronto Sun)
he at Mac?
McMaster University officials say
they have no record of a suspected al-Qaida
operative posing as a student or casing
their nuclear reactor facility. Adnan
El Shukrijumah, who according
to yesterday's Washington Times, was seen
last year searching for nuclear material
for a "dirty bomb" in Hamilton,
never enrolled under that name or any
of his aliases, a school official said
FBI issued a BOLO (Be on the Lookout)
alert for El Shukrijumah, 27, in March.
is believed to be part of an al-Qaida
cell in Canada and the U.S. planning an
attack using a dirty bomb, a conventional
weapon laced with radioactive material.
Shukrijumah has been described as a possible
al-Qaida planner similar to Mohamed Atta,
a key organizer of the Sept. 11 attacks.
university spokesman said he has complete
confidence in safety and security at McMaster's
five-megawatt research reactor.
21, 2004 (Fox News)
Issues Alert for Suspected Terrorist
— A Saudi man being sought by the
FBI because he may be plotting terrorist
attacks against U.S. targets has been
linked to Jose Padilla, an American citizen
charged with plotting to detonate a radiological
"dirty bomb" in the United States.
FBI on Thursday asked law enforcement
agencies and the public to be on the lookout
for Adnan G. El Shukrijumah,
27, who senior law enforcement officials
said has received flight training and
possesses a Florida driver's license.
Shukrijumah is possibly involved with
Al Qaeda terrorist activities and, if
true, poses a serious threat to U.S. citizens
and interests worldwide," the FBI
said in a statement.
said El Shukrijumah's organizing capabilities
are comparable to those of Mohammed Atta,
the suspected organizer of the Sept. 11
terror attacks. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers
were Saudis and some, including Atta,
received flight training in Florida.
federal law enforcement official, speaking
Friday on condition of anonymity, said
authorities were tipped to El Shukrijumah
by Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, Al Qaeda's
chief operational planner who was arrested
March 1 in Pakistan.
recovered after Mohammed's capture includes
references to Padilla and El Shukrijumah,
who at one time lived near each other
in the Miami area, according to the official.
26, 2004 (CNN)
- al Qaida Intends to Attack US
from multiple sources indicates that al
Qaeda intends to attack the United States
in the coming months, U.S. Attorney General
John Ashcroft said Wednesday.
disturbing intelligence indicates al Qaeda's
specific intention to hit the United States
hard," Ashcroft said in a news conference.
"Beyond this intelligence, al Qaeda's
own public statements indicate that it
is almost ready to attack the United States."
said that after the March 11 train bombings
in Madrid, Spain, "an al Qaeda spokesman
announced 90 percent of the arrangements
for an attack on the United States were
cited a number of upcoming events that
could be potential targets, including
the Group of Eight economic summit on
Sea Island, Georgia, and the Democratic
and Republican national conventions in
Boston, Massachusetts, and New York, respectively.
also warned that terrorists may not have
a typical look and that "the face
of al Qaeda may be changing."
the seven were suspected al Qaeda operatives
Adnan G. El Shukrijumah
and Aafia Siddiqui, two law enforcement
27, 2004 (Sun-Sentinel.Com)
Mother Insists Her Son is Not a Terrorist
El'Shukri-Jumah's family, Ashcroft's announcement
served only to renew the despair they
have endured since a similar FBI announcement
brought the world's attention to their
doorstep in March 2003. The family last
saw the eldest son in 2001, before the
terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and
the World Trade Center. His mother said
he has called once since then. He said
he was teaching English in Morocco, had
married and had a son; she warned him
to stay away, telling him that the U.S.
government was imprisoning Arab and Muslim
men without letting them see a lawyer,
may have been uncomfortable with the open
expression of sexuality in the American
public, but her son never expressed hatred
or the desire to harm anybody.
appreciated this country, its cultural
diversity and the kindness of its people,
know something," she said, "he
and I used to say, `If this country had
Islamic law it would be the best country
on the Earth.'"
28, 2004 (Denver Post)
suspected al-Qaeda agents dropped in for
meal, says Denny's manager in Avon
The FBI office in Denver has received
"numerous" calls about the seven
people believed to be associated with
al-Qaeda pictured Wednesday in newspapers.
Kelso, spokeswoman for the Denver office,
wouldn't characterize the calls as "sightings,"
but at least one was reported as such.
Mac, manager of the Denny's in Avon, isn't
happy with the response he got from the
FBI when he reported that two of them
ate at his restaurant Wednesday.
Mac said two men - he subsequently identified
them from their photographs as Adnan
G. El Shukrijumah and Abderraouf
Jdey - came into Denny's, which
is just off Interstate 70, about 8 p.m.
ordered a chicken sandwich and a salad,
the other just a salad, Mac said. They
were demanding, rude and obnoxious, he
said they were from Iran and were driving
from New York to the West Coast.
1, 2004 (World Net Daily)
Searching for Next Mohammad Atta
Rica, Nicaragua and Panama are on alert
for the possible entry of suspected terrorist
Adnan G. El Shukrijumah,
after Honduran authorities warned that
the 29-year old suspect, referred to by
law enforcement sources as "the next
Mohammed Atta," may be seeking to
cross into one of the countries.
Rica is bordered on the north by Nicaragua
and on the south by Panama.
who is considered one of the FBI's "top
5" terrorist concerns, allegedly
was spotted in Honduras on May 27 at a
Tegucigalpa Internet cafe
found out that this man was in Tegucigalpa
at the end of May," Leonel Sauceda,
spokesman for the Honduran Security Ministry
told media. "He was seen in an Internet
cafe in the city and we confirmed that
he made phone calls to France and the
United States from there."
were also made to Canada, according to
the Security Ministry.
official with the Honduran Security Ministry
told WND the female Internet café
owner recognized Shukrijumah from photos
in the newspaper. Police arrived at the
café just after the suspect had
apparently was speaking in English, and
a little in Spanish and French. The suspect
was seen with two bearded individuals
who "had a rough appearance,"
according to the government official.
Information from the cafe's phone records
has been relayed to various allied foreign
9, 2004 (NY Times)
Copters in NYC a Terror Target
authorities now believe that one of the
men who conducted the surveillance at
the New York Stock Exchange was Adnan
G. el-Shukrijumah, who was
born in Saudi Arabia, has relatives in
Florida and on May 26 was the subject
of an F.B.I. bulletin seeking information
about seven men with suspected ties to
intelligence officials believe that Mr.
Shukrijumah is a close associate of Abu
Issa al-Hindi, a suspected operative of
Al Qaeda who was one of the men arrested
last week in Britain and who was believed
to have traveled to the United States
at the direction of senior terrorist leaders
to supervise and take part in the surveillance
of the financial institutions.
are no charges in the United States against
Mr. Shukrijumah, but officials said investigators
had been seeking him since shortly after
the Sept. 11 terror attacks because he
is believed to have taken flight training
and is fluent in English.
F.B.I. said in its bulletin that Mr. Shukrijumah
carried a Guyanese passport but might
try to enter the United States with a
Saudi, Canadian or Trinidadian passport.
One law enforcement official said recent
sightings had suggested that he has been
in Mexico and Honduras, but those have
not been confirmed.
14, 2004 (Dallas Morning News)
breaches stir fears
MEXICO CITY – Fears that terrorists
might enter the United States via remote
stretches of the border with Mexico are
not based on idle chatter, according to
authorities on both sides.
of bulletins and requests for help have
been forwarded by U.S. intelligence agencies
to their Mexican counterparts in the last
year. The information triggered searches
and investigations into a number of incidents.
The possible entry from Belize into Mexico's
Quintana Roo state, south of Cancún,
of a Middle Eastern migrant named Adnam
Gushair Shukrijumah. His name
reportedly matches one on a U.S. law enforcement
watch list, Mexican officials said. Published
reports in Mexico said the nation's law
enforcement agencies have been warned
by U.S. authorities that Mr. Shukrijumah
previously had been tracked in Honduras
Flight plans in December by two men –
listed by Mexican authorities as Ali M.
Safia and Can Azif – whose names
also scored hits on U.S. watch lists.
The pair arrived in Mexico in the winter
of 2003 on one-way tickets from Europe,
Mexican officials said. While in Europe
they also had purchased one-way tickets
for a flight from the western Mexican
city of Culiacán to Los Angeles.
The pair failed to show for the flight
and have not been seen since.
The arrest in Tijuana in November of Imelda
Ortiz Abdala, a former Mexican diplomat
in Lebanon. Ms. Ortiz Abdala is accused
of participating in a ring that prepared
faked Mexican travel documents for migrants
from Middle Eastern countries and helped
smuggle them into the U.S.
are jumping all over" the intelligence
reports, said the U.S. official, referring
to heightened fears among Mexicans that
their country could be used as a conduit
for terrorism or that terrorists could
strike against U.S. interests in Mexico.
example, reports that Mr. Shukrijumah
had crossed into Mexico from Belize last
month are being taken seriously, said
José Luis Santiago Vasconcelos,
chief of Mexico's organized crime task
don't have objective evidence to confirm
that he is in Mexico ... but the alert
was sounded, and we are looking for him,"
Mr. Santiago Vasconcelos said in an interview.
"Our starting point is our national
security, and that's why we moved immediately
to the search. ... Secondarily, it's about
solidarity, more than anything, with the
15, 2004 (Gaurdian Unlimited)
Run Drills for Panama Attack
April 2001, a suspected al-Qaida figure
identified as Adnan Gulshair El
Shukrijumah arrived in Panama
legally from the United States and stayed
for 10 days, said Panama's security council
chief, Ramiro Jarvis.
records show that El Shukrijumah then
apparently returned to the United States,
Panama Interior Department spokesman David
Salayandia said. Authorities have been
looking for him since.
year, the FBI said it wanted to question
El Shukrijumah on suspicion of involvement
in plotting al-Qaida attacks on the United
States or its interests abroad. But he
faces no formal charges, officials said.
authorities said they are investigating
whether there are any links between El
Shukrijumah and other terror suspects,
including Jose Padilla, an American arrested
in 2002 for allegedly plotting to detonate
a radioactive bomb. The two apparently
both lived in South Florida in the 1990s.
has taken steps to ensure that the canal
is protected. In May, it signed an agreement
allowing U.S. officials to board Panamanian
flagships and search them for weapons
of mass destruction.
16, 2004 (The Australian)
summit foreshadows US blitz
included Abu Issa al Hindi, an Indian
convert to radical Islam and surveillance
specialist living in Britain; Adnan
el Shukrijumah, a commercial
pilot and bombmaker of Arab-Guyanese origin;
and Mohammed Junaid Babar, a Pakistani-American
who arrived at the summit with cash, sleeping
bags and ponchos, Time reported.
Hindi is now under arrest in Britain,
and Mohammed Babar was arrested in New
York in April.
including Shukrijumah, 29, are still at
large. Shukrijumah "speaks English
and has the ability to fit in and look
innocuous", an FBI agent told Time.
was born in Guyana and raised in Florida,
where his late father, a Saudi-Yemeni
cleric, preached hardline Wahhabism at
a small mosque. He reportedly holds passports
from Guyana and Trinidad, and may also
have Canadian and Saudi passports. He
can easily pass for Hispanic and authorities
fear he may cross the Canadian or Mexican
FBI said Shukrijumah could be the "next
Atta", a reference to Mohamed Atta,
the Egyptian ringleader of the September
17, 2004 (El Paso Times Online)
looks for possible terrorists along the
Saudi terrorist suspect might be making
his way to the U.S.-Mexico border amid
groups of undocumented immigrants, officials
with the FBI and the U.S. Embassy said.
on both sides of the border have asked
law enforcement officials, including Border
Patrol agents and El Paso¹s bridge
inspectors, as well as the community at
large to be on the lookout for Adnan
G. El Shukrijumah, 29, a native
of Saudi Arabia who may be using a Guyanese,
Canadian or Trinidadian passport.
was spotted in Honduras earlier this year,
FBI officials said, and used to reside
in Trinidad and Tobago, off the coast
of Latin America. "He is believed
to be one of the most dangerous cell leader
below the leadership of al-Qaeda who plans
to hurt the United States," Art Werge,
spokesman for the FBI in El Paso, said.
said Shukrijumah might be using immigrant-smuggling
routes through Central America and Mexico
to get to the border.
20, 2004 (Charleston.Net)
of a Gathering Storm
arrests in Britain appear to have broken
up a terrorist ring. What remains unclear,
however, is whether authorities have stopped
a major plot or just exposed one facet
of a still dangerous terrorist operation
aimed at a number of nations. Now is not
the time to relax our guard.
still at large is a third person who was
at the Waziristan meeting, Adnan
el-Shukrijumah. He is described
by Time and the newspaper The Scotsman
as a skilled bomb-maker and pilot with
multiple passports and identities, who
grew up in Florida, speaks excellent English
and can pass as Hispanic. Last May, FBI
Director Robert Mueller appealed for any
information on this man, and Mr. Ashcroft
said he is a possible "future facilitator
of terrorist acts."
long as Shukrijumah is at large, it is
too soon to assume that the British arrests
have put an end to a plot against American
targets. Meanwhile, other evidence suggests
that al-Qaida has been planning a major
offensive this fall.
el Shukrijumah was also mentioned in Osama's
Revenge, a recent book focusing on
the possibility of nuclear terrorism in
the United States : Quotes
operatives in the nuclear plot:
purported al Qaeda operatives - Adnan
el Shukrijumah, Anas al Liby,
Jaber A. Elbaneh, and Amer el Maati -
had been sent to Hamilton, Ontario, where
they either enrolled or posed as students
at McMaster University, a state-of-the-art
technological institution that housed
a 5-megawat nuclear research reactor."
University Rebuts Report of Nuclear Theft