ABDUL BASIT MAHMUD ABDUL KARIM – RAMZI YOUSEF
* Ramzi Yousef was born, on 05/20/1967, and raised in Kuwait. He is the son to a Pakistani father and Palestinian mother, nephew to Khalid Shaik Mohammed . Ramzi Yousef absorbed deep hatred for Israel and USA. In 1989 graduated as Electrical Engineer from West Glamorgan Institute, Wales, UK. In 1990 Ramzi Yousef traveled several times to USA. He worked as an engineer in Kuwaits’ national computer center. Ramzi Yousef escaped Kuwait at Iraqi’s incursion, on 08/02/1990. In summer 1992 Ramzi Yousef finished sabotage course in Afghanistan, in an Al Qaeda training camp.
Ramzi Yousef arrived in USA, on 09/01/1992, with a well falsified Iraqi passport. Together with Ramzi Yousef arrived Ahmed Ajaj , a Muslim activist who was detained in the airport on arrival under suspicion of terrorism.
Ramzi Yousef planned, assembled and activated the explosive lorry in the first attack on World Trade Center (WTC), the “Twins”, on 02/26/1993. After the explosion Ramzi Yousef dictated on the phone an announcement addressed for the media to one of the activists in Al Farook Mosque, Brooklyn, New York, which said, among other things, “…next time we shall be more precise”.
Ramzi Yousef escaped form USA to the Balkans, stayed for a short period of time in Bosnia and returned to Pakistan and Afghanistan. Throughout 1993, while stationed in Lahore, Afghanistan, Ramzi Yousef trained his friend Abdul Hakim Murad in assembly of explosive charges. An improvised charge exploded in his hands causing Ramzi Yousef partial eye damage.
At the beginning of 1994 Ramzi Yousef moved to Thailand in order to initiate a car explosion charge at the Israeli embassy in Bangkok, but as the attempt was uncovered he returned to Pakistan and dealt with recruiting activists for Bojinka Plot, one of them was a South African Muslim Istaique Parker through which Ramzi Yousef tried to smuggle a small explosive charge in a toy on a flight to Bangkok.
Istaique Parker flinched, regretted his involvement and became later an informant to the USA. Following a CIA hunt for Ramzi Yousef and a prize of 2 million dollars for his head, he moved to the Philippines and became active in the local Abu Sayyaf terrorist group, while using falsified Moroccan identity documents under the name Naji Awaita Hadad.
At the 12/01/1994 while in the Philippines, and as a check towards Bojinka Plot scheme, Ramzi Yousef purchased a flight ticket on flight 434, Philippines Airlines to Tokyo, through Cebu City in east Philippines, under an Italian name of Armaldo Forlani and hiding an likuid explosive charge in the heel of his shoe. Ramzi Yousef extracted the charge from his shoe heel in airplanes’ toilet with a kassio watch and stuck it under his seat. He left the plane in Sabo and his seat was taken by a Japanese person – Haruki Ikegami – who was killed as a result of explosion while the airplane was in the air. The pilot managed to land in Japan even though there was a hole in the planes’ floor.
In Manila, 01/06/1995, while Ramzi Yousef prepared explosives with his friend Abdul Hakim Murad in a hideout, mixing fluid components for a charge, when an accident happened causing thick smoke. This alarmed police forces who arrested Abdul Hakim Murad and confiscated Ramzi Yousef s’ private computer.
The arrest uncovered a plot to abduct and detonate 11 planes in the air, named Bojinka Plot and also to murder the Pope on his planned visit to the Philippines on 01/15/1995. Ramzi Yousef escaped back to Pakistan through Singapore. In Pakistan he was detained after a long follow up on 02/07/1995 in a building belonging to Pakistani intelligence – ISI, close to Islamabad.
Ramzi Yousefs’ next door neighbor was Khalid Shaik Mohammed who managed to escape. After a short while Ramzi Yousef was extradited to USA.
Ramzi Yousef was sentenced by a New York court of law on 11/08/1998 to 240 years imprisonment in solitude also for his part in Bojinka Plot.
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