A Look at Midhat Mursi Al-Sayid Umar
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.