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Wali Khan Amin Shah

Project Bojinka Cell Member


Date of CaptureDecember 19957
Location of CaptureMalaysia7
AffiliationProject Bojinka Cell
SupervisorRamzi Yousef
AffiliationAl-Qaeda majlis al shura
AffiliationAfghan resistance
Alias(es)Grabi Ibrahim Hahsen1, Usama Azmarai, Osama Azmarai, Osama Asmurai
Alias(es)Al Assad, The Lion
Alias(es)Abu Hashim
Possibly the same asAzmarai al-Sudi
Date of BirthApril 1, 1966
Weight135 lbs
Injuries/IllnessLost several fingers after stepping on a land mine in Afghanistan. Also perhaps lost part of a leg.2
HistoryVeteran of Afghanistan-Soviet civil war (1980-1989)
Charged withConspiracy to bomb passenger planes
Charging authorityUnited States
In connection withProject Bojinka
Case statusConvicted
ConvictionsAll counts
Case resolvedSept. 5, 1996
Narrative and Notes
  • Shah was a key player in the aborted "Project Bojinka," an effort to bomb a dozen transpacific airliners in 1995.
  • Wadih El Hage attended his wedding in Peshawar around 1990. El Hage described him as close to Osama bin Laden.
  • Extradited to the United States from Malaysia in December 1995.3
  • Jamal al-Fadl described Usama Azmarai as a commander during Afghan resistance in Jalalabad area. He was nicknamed "the Lion" for his bravery in combat. El Hage also described Azmarai was known for his bravery, strongly suggesting they were speaking of the same person.3
  • Al-Fadl also mentioned an Azmarai al-Sudi who was a member of al-Qaeda's majlis al shura, or consultative council. It is unclear if they are the same person. If that is the case, Shah's position in al-Qaeda is significantly higher than has been publicly described.4
    1 United States v. Yousef et. al. indictment.
    2 Jamal Ahmed al-Fadl testimony, United States vs. Osama bin Laden et al, trial transcript, Day 2, Feb. 6, 2001.
    3 Wadih El Hage to U.S. grand jury, Sept. 24, 1997.
    4 Jamal Ahmed al-Fadl testimony, United States vs. Osama bin Laden et al, trial transcript, Day 4, Feb. 13, 2001.
    5 'Plane terror suspects convicted on all counts.' CNN: Sept. 5, 1996.
    6 Sept. 11 Commission Report, July 22, 2004.
    7 McKinley Jr., James C. 'FBI Arrests Man in Far East, Charged in Plot to Bomb Planes.' The New York Times, Dec. 13, 1995.
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