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Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani

Dar Es Salaam embassy bombing cell Operative


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Location of DetentionU.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba5
Capturing AuthorityPakistani police4
Date of CaptureJuly 25, 20044
Location of CaptureGujrat, Punjab, Pakistan4
AffiliationDar Es Salaam embassy bombing cell
SupervisorFahid Mohammed Ally Msalam5
AffiliationEast Africa Embassy Bombers
Alias(es)Abubakar K. Ahmed2, Abubakary K. Ahmed2, Abu Bakr Ahmed2, Abu Khabar2, Abubakary Khalfan Ahmed Ghailani2, Mahafudh Abubakar Ahmed Abdallah Hussein2, Ahmed the Tanzanian2, Ahmad Al Tanzani2, Shariff Omar Mohammed2, Foopie2
Alternate Spelling(s)Ahmad Khalafan Ghilani, Ahmed Khalfan Ahmed, Ahmed Khalfan, Ahmed Khalfan Ali, Ahmed Ghailani
Date of BirthMarch 14, 19742,3
Alternate Date of BirthApril 13, 19742,3
Place of BirthZanzibar, Tanzania.1
Weight150 lbs2
DescriptionHair: Black. Eyes: Brown.1,2
HistoryAttended training camp in postwar Afghanistan (1990-2001)5
Charging authorityUnited States
In connection withEast African Embassy Bombings
Charges issuedDec. 16, 1998
Narrative and Notes
  • Ghaliani, on orders from Msalam, purchased various components used in the Dar Es Salaam bombing.
  • He fled Africa for Afghanistan the day before the bombings and became a line soldier, and later a cook, for al-Qaeda.
  • He later served in al-Qaeda's document forgery office in Kandahar, Afghanistan, until the fall of the Taliban. He then moved to Pakistan.
  • He worked for Hamza Rabia during this time.
  • He was one of 14 key al-Qaeda operatives transferred from CIA custody to the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2006.
  • Speaks Swahili.
  • The U.S. State Department offered a $5 million reward for information leading to his capture.2,5
    1 FBI Executive Summary, Status of embassy bombings investigation, Nov. 18, 1998. Posted online by PBS' 'Frontline' program.
    2 FBI 'Most Wanted Terrorist' online poster.
    3 Also used April 14, 1974 and Aug. 1, 1970, according to FBI.
    4 Khan, Kamran. 'Pakistan Holds Top al-Qaeda Suspect.' Washington Post: July 30, 2004.
    5 'Detainee Biographies,' press release, Director of National Intelligence, Sept. 6, 2006.
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