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MOHAMED AL-OWHALI

 

* Mohamed Rashed Daoud al Owhali was born in Saudi Arabia in 1977. In 1996 Mohamed al Owhali was one of the first to attend Al-Qaeda’s Khalden training camp in Afghanistan.

Mohamed al Owhali arrived to Kenya from Pakistan on 08/02/1998, few days before the 08/07/1998 attack on USA embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Equipped with a pistol and four stunt grenades, Mohamed al Owhali’s role in the attack was to overcome the embassy guard, to divert the attention and to pave the way for the car bomb, driven by Azzam, into the US embassy yard in Nairobi. He escaped the attack lightly wounded.

Mohamed al Owhali was caught by the Kenyan police on 08/25/1998 due to his attempt to communicate with a certain Al Qaeda associate – Ahmed al-Hada in Yemen asking Ahmed al-Hada for help to get out of Kenya.  Eventually Mohamed al Owhali receives $1,000 from Ahmed al-Hada.

In his interrogation Mohamed al Owhali admitted his role in the 08/07/1998 attack, revealed the chain of command from the top operatives of Al-Qaeda to the perpetrators of the attack and the communication system of Al-Qaeda, including the use of satellite phone. He also revealed a general plan of Al Qaeda to carry out attacks against USA targets in Yemen. Mohamed al Owhali was handed over to the USA embassy in Kenya just few days after his arrest.

Mohamed al Owhali was indicted in New York, USA on 11/04/1998 and put on trial in New York, in 01/2001, alongside Wadih el Hage, Khalfan Khamis Mohamed and Mohammed Saddiq Odeh.

Mohamed al Owhali was sentenced 0n 05/29/2001 to life in prison without parole and is today (02/2007) in Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado.

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