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Abdul Hakim Murad

Project Bojinka Cell Member


Location of DetentionFlorence, Colorado, United States2
Capturing AuthorityFilipino authorities5
Date of CaptureJan. 7, 19955
Location of CaptureManila, Philippines5
AffiliationProject Bojinka Cell
SupervisorRamzi Yousef
Alias(es)Saeed Ahmed1,6, Saeed Akhman6
Alternate Spelling(s)Abdul Hakim Hasim Murad, Abdul Hakim Ali Hashim Murad, Abdul Hakim Al Hashim Murad
Date of BirthJan. 4, 19686
Place of BirthKuwait6
Charged withMultiple counts of attempt to bomb airliners
Charging authorityUnited States
In connection withProject Bojinka
Case statusConvicted1
ConvictionsAll charges1
SentenceLife imprisonment
Case resolvedSept. 5, 1996
Narrative and Notes
  • Abdul Hakim Murad could be considered al-Qaeda's first suicide pilot. He attended flight school in the United States, and in 1994 he proposed to his childhood friend Ramzi Yousef that he fly a plane into CIA headquarters in Virginia.
  • He grew up around displaced Palestinians in Kuwait and said he learned to hate Israel and the United States.
  • He attended flight school in the United States in late 1991 and early 1992.
  • Murad also claimed to have first suggested the World Trade Center as a target to Ramzi Yousef.
  • U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons No. 37437-054.4
    1 United States v. Yousef et. al. indictment.
    2 Federal Bureau of Prisons web site.
    3 'Plane terror suspects convicted on all counts.' CNN, Sept. 5, 1996.
    4 Filipino interrogation of Abdul Hakim Murad, Feb. 11, 1995.
    5 Press release JS-700, U.S. Department of Treasury, Sept. 5, 2003.
    6 U.S. Frozen Assets List, April 2006.
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