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Abu Ubaidah al-Banshiri drowns in Lake Victoria

Primary OrganizationAl-Qaeda
LocationLake Victoria, 30 miles offshore from Mwanza, Tanzania1
Time May 21, 1996
ParticipantsAbu Ubaidah al-Banshiri1
Narrative and Notes (Reliable)Abu Ubaidah, a top military commander in al-Qaeda, died in a steamship disaster on Lake Victoria. The ship, the MV Bukoba, went down with as many as 1,000 people on board. The ship was overloaded and not maintained well, so it doesn't appear to have been some kind of attack.1

Sources and Notes

1United States vs. Osama bin Laden et al, indictment, Nov. 4, 1998, and updates.

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