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Jose Padilla

Suspected Al-Qaeda Operative

Detained

Details
ImportanceLow
Capturing AuthorityFBI
Date of CaptureMay 8, 2002
Location of CaptureChicago, Illinois, United States
AffiliationAl-Qaeda
RoleOperative
SupervisorAbu Zubaydah
AffiliationNorth American support cell1
NationalityAmerican
Alias(es)Abu Abdullah al Mujahir1, Ibrahim1, Abu Abdullah the Puerto Rican1
Alias(es)Abdullah al Muhajir, Abdullal al-Espani
Place of BirthBrooklyn, New York, United States
GenderMale
Charging authorityUnited States
Charges issuedNovember 2005
Case statusPending
 
 
Narrative and Notes
 
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  • Allegedly worked on constructing a dirty bomb in Lahore, Pakistan. Met with senior al-Qaeda leadership in Summer 2001 and Spring 2002 before he was detained arriving at Chicago's O'Hare airport while on a scouting mission.
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    Sources
    1 United States vs. Jose Padilla et al. indictment, Nov. 17, 2005.
     
     
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