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Mushin Musa Matwalli Atwah

Al-Qaeda Operative


Mushin Musa Matwalli AtwahMushin Musa Matwalli Atwah

Means of DeathFire from Pakistani helicopter gunship2
Date of DeathApril 12, 20062
Location of DeathNaghar Kalai, Pakistan2
Alias(es)Abdul Rahman1, Abdul Rahman al-Muhajir1, Abdel Rahman1, Mohammed K.A. Al-Namer1, Abu Mohsin Musa, Abu Rachman Abu Hajer5, Abu Rachman al-Muhajer5
Alternate Spelling(s)Mohsin Musa Matawalli Atwah
Age at Death41
Date of BirthJune 19, 19641
Place of BirthEgypt1
DescriptionHair: Dark, graying. Eyes: Dark.1
Charging authorityUnited States
In connection withEast African Embassy Bombings
Narrative and Notes
  • Conducted explosives training in Farouq camp, Afghanistan, in early 1990s.
  • Speaks Arabic.
  • Married to a Palestinian.
  • The State Department is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to his capture.
  • Along with Saif al-Adel and Ali Mohamed, provided training to al-Qaeda and Egyptian Islamic Jihad members in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sudan, starting in 1990 or earlier.
  • He was identified as an unindicted co-conspirator in the USS Cole bombing. He assisted in testing the explosives used in the attack.
  • In April 2006, Pakistan claimed to have killed Atwah in a raid on a village near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. The U.S. government confirmed this in October 2006.1,2,4,5,6
  • Thought to be in Afghanistan as of October 2001.3
    1 FBI 'Most Wanted Terrorist' online poster.
    2 'Pakistan Says Suspect In Kenya Blast Killed.' Reuters: April 14, 2006.
    3 U.S. State Department's Rewards for Justice online poster.
    4 United States vs. Osama bin Laden et al indictment, Nov. 4, 1998, and updates.
    5 L'Houssaine Kherchtou testimony, United States vs. Osama bin Laden et. al., trial transcript, Day 8, Feb. 21, 2001.
    6 United States vs. Jamal al Badawi and Fahd al Quso, indictment, May 15, 2003.
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