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Fugitive's father fired from mosque

The father of a man wanted for questioning in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has been fired from his leadership post at a south Florida mosque. Across the state in Tampa, an intense search was unsuccessful after a sighting of a man who matched the description of Adnan El’Shukri-jumah several hours before President Bush’s visit to MacDill Air Force Base in the city. The board of directors of the Masjid Al-Hisrah mosque said they fired Gulshair El’Shukri-jumah, its spiritual leader, 72, because they were afraid the media attention would bring ill will to the small congregation. “I have been fired,” the imam said. “They told me they are afraid people will try to penalize the mosque because of all the attention we are getting. Some people are of weak faith. “I am not angry. I must accept what has been ordained,” he said. “But I must be worried to some extent for my family. All I can hope is that when one door closes, others will open.” The federal government has been hunting for Adnan El’Shukri, 27, since last week when he was identified by two captured al-Quaida leaders as one of the organization’s operatives. There have been reports he was a suspect in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and investigators want to question him in those attacks although no charges have been filed. Full Story

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