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A Look at Midhat Mursi Al-Sayid Umar

January 19, 2006

A look at what’s known about Midhat Mursi al-Sayid Umar, a suspected al-Qaida master bomb maker who was believed killed in a U.S. airstrike Friday. The information was provided by London’s Islamic Observation Center and other sources:

BIRTH, EDUCATION _ Born in Alexandria, Egypt, around 1953; chemical engineering degree from Alexandria University, 1975.

MILITANT BACKGROUND _ Traveled to Saudi Arabia in 1987, and later to Afghanistan to support Islamist anti-Soviet resistance.

ALIAS _ Abu Khabab al-Masri, literally ``Father of the Trotting Horse.″

RECENT ACTIVITY _ After the U.S. invasion in 2001, abandoned ``Abu Khabab Camp″ was found in al-Qaida’s Darunta complex in eastern Afghanistan. Mursi apparently worked at a lab there on chemical and biological weapons, experimenting on dogs.

WANTED _ U.S. government posted a $5 million reward for him last year. Some suspect he trained suicide bombers who killed 17 U.S. sailors on USS Cole in Yemen in 2000.

FAMILY _ Married to Pakistani woman. Two sons detained by Egypt in 2001 and 2004 may still be held.

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