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Abu Ubaidah al-Banshiri

Founder of al-Qaeda

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Importance Very High
Means of Death Drowned in ferry accident
Date of Death May 21, 1996
Location of Death Lake Victoria, off Tanzania
Affiliation Al-Qaeda
Role Second-in-Command6
Supervisor Osama bin Laden
Affiliation Egyptian Islamic Jihad
Affiliation Al-Qaeda Military Committee4
Nationality Egyptian2
Nationality Dutch2
Alias(es) Adel Habib2, Jalal2,6, Sheikh Abu Banshiri6, Karim6
Alternate Name(s) Abu Ubaida al-Banshiri
Rough Age at Death 46
Date of Birth May 19502
Place of Birth Cairo, Egypt2
Height 6'1'2
Weight 170 lbs2
Gender Male
Description Eyes: Black. Hair: Black.
History Veteran of Afghanistan-Soviet civil war (1980-1989)
 
 
Narrative and Notes
 
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  • Al-Qaeda's second-in-command between 1991 and his death in a ferry accident in 1996.
  • After his death, he was replaced by Mohammed Atef as al-Qaeda's military commander.
  • He helped train Somali tribesmen who fought against U.S. forces in Mogadishu in 1993.
  • He served in the Egyptian police.
  • Imported exercise equipment into Nairobi in 1993.
  • Married to sister of future U.S. government witness Ashif Mohamed Juma.1,3,5
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    Sources
    1 Indictment, United States versus Osama bin Laden, Nov. 4, 1998.
    2 FBI Executive Summary, Status of embassy bombings investigation, Nov. 18, 1998. Posted online by PBS' 'Frontline' program.
    3 Jamal al-Fadl testimony, United States vs. Osama bin Laden et al, trial transcript, Day 2, Feb. 6, 2001.
    4 Jamal Ahmed al-Fadl testimony, United States vs. Osama bin Laden et al, trial transcript, Day 4, Feb. 13, 2001.
    5 Ashif Mohamed Juma testimony, United States vs. Osama bin Laden et al, trial transcript, Day 5, Feb. 14, 2001.
     
     
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