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Dhiren Barot

Al-Qaeda Terrorist Operations Planner


Dhiren Barot

Location of DetentionUnited Kingdom
Capturing AuthorityBritish police
Date of CaptureAug. 3, 20045
Location of CaptureUnited Kingdom
RoleTerrorist Operations Planner1
SupervisorKhalid Shaikh Mohammed1
Alias(es)Abu Esa al-Britani, Esa al Britani2, Abu Issa al Britani2, Esa al-Hindi2, Issa al-Hindi2, Issa al Britani1
Date of Birth19723
HistoryAttended training camp in postwar Afghanistan (1990-2001)
Charged withConspiracy to use Weapons of Mass Destructions Against Persons in the United States; Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to Terrorists; several others2
Charging authorityUnited States
In connection withUS financial buildings on orange alert
Charges issued2005
Case statusPending
Charged withConspiracy to Commit Mass Murder3,5
Charging authorityUnited Kingdom
In connection withUS financial buildings on orange alert
Charges issuedAug. 17, 2004
Case statusConvicted3
ConvictionsConspiracy to Committ Mass Murder3
SentenceLife imprisonment
Case resolvedNov. 7, 2006
Narrative and Notes
  • Also wanted in Yemen.
  • Born Hindu; converted to Islam.
  • In 1999, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed sent him to Hambali in Malaysia for training.
  • In late 2000 and early 2001, KSM sent him to New York to case "Jewish" and economic targets. The plan was not connected to the 9-11 plot.
  • KSM and other detainees acknowledged the surveillance in 2004, prompting a U.S. terror alert that was later criticized because it was several years after the casing had taken place. Barot was detained after the alert was underway.
  • In the United Kingdom, he also plotted to pack limosines with gas cylinders and detonate them in underground parking garages.
  • He also considered employing a dirty bomb, according to prosecutors. He pleaded guilty on Oct. 12, 2006, and was sentenced to life in prison on Nov. 7, 2006.
  • According to London Metropolitan Police:
  • "He wrote detailed documents for attacks in both countries, which were found on computer hard drives following his arrest in August 2004. Handwritten notes referring to chemical mixtures were also recovered.
  • In a written plan titled the Gas Limos Project, which was recovered from a laptop during a counterterrorist operation in Gujurat, Barot wrote about the chaos and pandemonium a bomb exploding on a tube train travelling under the Thames could cause.
  • He wrote: . . . 'imagine the chaos that would be caused if a powerful explosion were to rip through here and actually rupture the river itself. This would cause pandemonium, what with the explosions, flooding, drowning, etc that would occur/result.'
  • Other elements of the 'Gas Limos Project' were recovered in the UK following his arrest in August 2004. It had been completed in the aftermath of the Madrid bombings and proposed a series of co-ordinated attacks to be launched in this country.
  • Various methods of attack, including packing limousines with explosives and driving them into underground car parks, arson and aeroplanes flown into buildings, were considered in it.
  • Detailed plans including organisation structures and business histories of some of Barot's American targets - Citigroup, Prudential, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the New York Stock Exhange - were among other documents found on computers."1,3,4
  • According to Hambali, Barot provided him with two addresses, one in the United States, possibly California, and another in South Africa as potential contacts. Hambali claims to have never contacted the and forgotten them.1
    1 The 9-11 Commission Report. July 22, 2004. Chapter 5.1.
    2 United States vs. Dhiren Barot, et. al., indictment.
    3 Lawless, Jill. 'Brit pleads guilty in plot to bomb U.S. sites.' The Associated Press: Oct. 13, 2006.
    4 U.K. Metropolitan police press release, 'Terrorist jailed for life for conspiracy to murder in the UK and US.' Nov. 12, 2006.
    5 Mintz, John and Kamran Khan. "Britain charges 8 in alleged terror plot." The Washington Post: Aug. 18, 2004.
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