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Saudi Man Linked to 'Dirty Bomb' Plot

A Saudi man being sought by the FBI because he may be planning terrorist attacks has been linked to Jose Padilla, an American citizen charged with plotting to detonate a radiological “dirty bomb” in the United States. The FBI on Thursday asked law enforcement agencies and the public to be on the lookout for Adnan G. El Shukrijumah, 27, who senior law enforcement officials said has received flight training and possesses a Florida driver’s license. “El Shukrijumah is possibly involved with al-Qaida terrorist activities and, if true, poses a serious threat to U.S. citizens and interests worldwide,” the FBI said in a statement. Officials said El Shukrijumah’s organizing capabilities are comparable to those of Mohammed Atta, the suspected organizer of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were Saudis and some, including Atta, received flight training in Florida. A federal law enforcement official, speaking Friday on condition of anonymity, said authorities were tipped to El Shukrijumah by Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, al-Qaida’s chief operational planner who was arrested March 1 in Pakistan. Information recovered after Mohammed’s capture includes references to Padilla and El Shukrijumah, who at one time lived near each other in the Miami area, according to the official. Full Story

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