Blind Cleric Omar Abdel-Rahman Dies In US Prison, Jailed For 1990s Terror Plots

Renowned blind cleric Omar Abdel-Rahman died on 18 February in United States jail as found guilty of plotting terror attacks in the America in the 1990s, was serving a life sentence.

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The so-called Blind Sheik lost his life at age of 78, at reportedly 5:40 a.m. local time after suffering from diabetes and coronary artery disease, when has been undergoing bad condition for seven years, told Kenneth McKoy at the Federal Correction Complex in Butner, N.C.

The news of Abdel-Rahman’s death was declared by his daughter, Asmaa, who published a series of Arabic-language tweets, penned ‘we are saddened by your departure, father.’

He was considered a main spiritual leader for Islamic militants’ generation even came out a symbol for extremists in two decades in United States jails.

Abdel-Rahman was had lost his eye-sight from diabetes since his childhood, emerged the leader of one of the most feared militant groups of Egypt, the Gamaa Islamiya, who have been carried a violence campaign to remove governance of former President Hosni Mubarak.

However, in 1990, Islamist cleric ran away from Egypt to United States, where started teaching in a New Jersey mosque, though a number of his supporters were found guilty of truck bombing of New York’s World Trade Center in the Feb. 26, 1993 that shot dead reportedly six people, was launched 8-years before al-Qaeda’s suicide plane hijackers collapsed the towers caused by huge destruction.

The American authorities had taken custody Abdel-Rahman in 1993, who charged with of a series of bombings against the United Nations contains the George Washington Bridge and the Lincoln and Holland tunnels and others New York landmarks.

Although, influence of Abdel-Rahman had been come out more symbolic than that of a practical leader since his detention, while his Gamaa Islamiya that led a series of violence in the 1990.




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