- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 6, 2003

Four men are being sought by the FBI in a massive international manhunt in connection with possible pending terrorist threats against U.S. targets here and abroad, according to an FBI bulletin issued yesterday.

According to the bulletin, circulated among law enforcement agencies nationwide, the four could be involved in an unspecified terrorist plot against U.S. interests and are considered extremely dangerous. They have been named on previous FBI alerts, but new intelligence led federal officials to intensify the search.

The four are Adnan G. El Shukrijumah, 28, a Saudi national believed to have ties to al Qaeda terrorists and who may be traveling on a Guyana passport; Zubayr Al-Rimi, 29, also a Saudi national; Abderraouf Jdey, 38, a Tunisian named as one of five persons on videotapes from the destroyed home of Osama bin Laden’s military chief, Mohammed Atef; and Karim El Mejjati, 35, a suspected Moroccan terrorist who holds a French passport.

None of the suspects is believed to be in the United States, and the bulletin did not include any information on what kind of attack might be expected or where it would occur.

In recent weeks, the FBI has been concerned about the possible use of poisons to contaminate U.S. food and water supplies. Al Qaeda documents recovered in Afghanistan reportedly contained references to use of poisons as terrorist weapons.

El Shukrijumah has been the target of an FBI manhunt for several months after being identified in March as a possible al Qaeda terrorist organizer, similar to Mohamed Atta, who is said to have coordinated the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

Federal authorities said El Shukrijumah once lived in South Florida, but left the country. He is listed on a material witness warrant in the government’s terrorism investigation.

El Shukrijumah, whose ties to al Qaeda were first described during recent interrogations of captured bin Laden operations chief Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, is believed to hold passports from Guyana, Saudi Arabia, Canada and Trinidad. He travels under a half-dozen aliases.

Jdey also has been of interest for some time, first listed in an FBI bulletin in January 2002 after being named by Attorney General John Ashcroft as one of five persons who had delivered “martyrdom messages” and was possibly preparing new strikes against U.S. targets.

Born in Tunisia, Jdey arrived in Canada in 1991, where he obtained Canadian citizenship in Montreal in October 1995. He also is believed to travel under several aliases.

El Mejjati has been identified by Moroccan authorities as a suspect in five bombings May 16 in Casablanca that killed 32 persons and injured 100. The explosions occurred at a Spanish social club, a hotel, a Jewish cemetery and community center, and the Belgian consulate.

Little is known about Al-Rimi, although the FBI bulletin said all four men should be considered “armed and dangerous.”

In a related matter, President Bush yesterday moved to block the financial assets of 10 persons associated with an al Qaeda-linked terror group believed to be behind last year’s deadly bombings in Bali.

The 10 are said to be connected to a terrorist organization known as Jemaah Islamiyah, and were added to the government’s list of specially designated global terrorists. Among those listed was Imam Samudra, the suspected mastermind of the Bali bombings, which killed 202 persons.

Under the order, any financial assets in the United States belonging to the 10 must be frozen. They also are prohibited from conducting financial transactions in this country, and Americans are barred from doing business with them.

The nine others listed by Mr. Bush were Yassin Sywal, a suspected Jemaah Islamiyah and al Qaeda operative; Mukhlis Yunos, an explosives expert; Huda bin Abdul Haq, a senior Jemaah Islamiyah leader; Parlindungan Siregar, an al Qaeda associate; Julkipli Salim Y Salamuddin, a Jemaah Islamiyah associate; Aris Munandar, who provided support to Jemaah Islamiyah; Fathur Rohman Al-Ghozi and Agus Dwikarna, Jemaah Islamiyah members; and Abdul Hakim Murad, convicted in a scheme to blow up a dozen U.S. jets in the 1990s.

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