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Midhat Mursi

Al-Qaeda WMD Researcher


Means of DeathU.S. missile strike2
Date of DeathJan. 13, 20062
Location of DeathBajur, Pakistan2
RoleWMD Researcher1
Full Given NameMidhat Mursi al-Sayid 'Umar
Alias(es)Abu Khabab al-Masri, Abu Khabab al Masri, Abu Khabab el Masry, Abu Kahbab al Misri
Alternate Spelling(s)Midhat Mursi al Sayyid Umar
Age at Death52
Date of BirthApril 29, 19531
Alternate Date of Birth1942
Place of BirthEgypt
HistoryAttended training camp in postwar Afghanistan (1990-2001)
Narrative and Notes
  • An expert in poisons and explosives, Midhat Mursi is perhaps al-Qaeda's top researcher and manufacturer of chemical and biological weapons.
  • Until 2001, he ran the Abu Khabab section of the Darunta terrorist training camp in Afghanistan. He also wrote and distributed training manuals with recipies for basic chemical and biological weapons.
  • The United States is offering a up to $5 million for information leading to his capture.1
  • Reported in Turkey-northern Iraq region in early 2003.
  • Pakistan claims an American missile strike on a village in early 2006 killed him; however, there have been no similar claims from the U.S. government.2
    1 U.S. Rewards for Justice web site.
    2 'US attack killed Al-Qaida leader's kin.' Associated Press: Feb. 13, 2006.
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