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Mohamed Sadeek Odeh

Nairobi embassy bombing cell Operative


Location of DetentionFlorence, Colorado, United States1
Capturing AuthorityPakistani authorities4
Date of CaptureAug. 7, 19984
Location of CaptureKarachi, Pakistan4
AffiliationNairobi embassy bombing cell
SupervisorAbdullah Ahmed Abdullah
AffiliationEast Africa Embassy Bombers
Alias(es)Abu Moath2,6, Noureldine2,6, Marwan2,6, Hydar2,6, Abdullbast Awadah2, Abdulbasit Awadh Mbarak Assayid2, Mohammed Sadiq Howaida6
Alternate TransliterationMohamed Saddiq Odeh, Mohammed Sadiq Odeh, Mohamed Oudeh
Date of BirthMarch 1, 19656
Place of BirthSkaka, Tabuk, Saudi Arabia6
Weight150 lbs6
HistoryAttended training camp in postwar Afghanistan (1990-2001)2
Charged withConspiracy, Aiding and Abetting
Charging authorityUnited States of America
In connection withEast African Embassy Bombings
Charges issuedSept. 21, 1998
Case statusConvicted3
ConvictionsAll counts3
SentenceLife imprisonment1
Case resolvedMay 29, 2001
Narrative and Notes (Reliable)
  • Joined al-Qaeda in 1992.
  • Expert in explosives. Studied architecture.
  • Trained Somali militants to oppose U.S. and U.N. forces in the country in the early 1990s.
  • Met with Abu Ubaidah al Banshiri and Mohammed Atef in Kenya in 1994.
  • His arrest in Pakistan by immigration authorities was regarded as a major break in the case. He identified several of the participants in the plot and linked them to Osama bin Laden.2,5,6
  • Narrative and Notes (Possible)
  • Associate of L'Houssaine Khertchou.
  • Sources and Notes

    1 U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons web site.
    2 United States vs. Osama bin Laden et. al. indictment, Nov. 4, 1998, and updates.
    3 'Embassy Bombings Verdicts.' Associated Press: May 29, 2001.
    4 Odeh, court filing, July 7, 2000.
    5 Kaplan, David E. 'On Terrorism's Trail.' U.S. News and World Report: Nov. 23, 1998.
    6 FBI Executive Summary, Status of embassy bombings investigation, Nov. 18, 1998. Posted online by PBS' 'Frontline' program.

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