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Mahmud Abouhalima

First World Trade Center bombing cell Member


Location of DetentionFlorence, Colorado, United States
Date of CaptureMarch 23, 1993
Location of CaptureEgypt3
AffiliationFirst World Trade Center bombing cell1,3
AffiliationMaktab al-Khidamat
AffiliationAl-Gamaa al-Islamiyya3
Alias(es)Mahmud the Red3
Date of Birth19591
Place of BirthAlexandria, Egypt1
HistoryVeteran of Afghanistan-Soviet civil war (1980-1989)1
Charging authorityUnited States
In connection withWorld Trade Center truck bombing
Case statusConvicted
Sentence240 years imprisonment
Case resolvedMarch 4, 1994
Narrative and Notes
  • Abouhalima drove the getaway car after Eyad Ismoil left behind the bomb truck at the World Trade Center.
  • Prisoner number 28064-054. Projected release date Sept. 20, 2087.
  • Abouhalima grew up religious and became radicalized against the Egyptian government around the time he was in college at Alexandria University. He left Egypt in 1981, reportedly fought in Afghanistan and came to the United States a decade later, where he worked as a cab driver in Brooklyn.
  • Witnesses saw him load the Ryder truck used in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.2,3,4
    1 Hudson, Rex. 'The Sociology and Psychology of Terrorism: Who Becomes a Terrorist and Why?' Federal Research Division, Sept. 1999
    2 U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons web site.
    3 United States vs. Ramzi Yousef, et. al., indictment.
    4 9-11 Commission Report, July 22, 2004, staff statement, Appendix C.
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