Midhat Mursi

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Midhat Mursi al-Sayid Umar, known as Abu Khabab al-Masri (Arabic:مدحت مرسي السيـد عمر) (April 29, 1953, Egypt – July 28, 2008, Pakistan) was a chemist and alleged top bomb maker for al-Qaeda and part of Osama bin-Laden's inner circle. The United States had a US$5 million bounty on his head. Although reportedly killed in a U.S. attack in January 2006, he survived and intelligence officials believe he went on to attempt to resurrect al Qaeda's program to develop or obtain weapons of mass destruction. Mursi was killed in a second missile attack on 28 July 2008, reportedly by US UAV launched missiles.

Al-Qaeda activities

He is believed by U.S. authorities to have run the infamous Derunta training camp in Afghanistan where he is reported to have used dogs and other animals for his chemical experiments. He is also alleged to have written an explosives manual, and to have personally trained Richard Reid, the so-called "shoe bomber", as well as Zacarias Moussaoui. The manual is still in use by al-Qaeda operatives today.

Wrong photo

The CIA acknowledged on January 26, 2006 that they had been using a photo of Abu Hamza al-Masri in their wanted photo for Midhat Mursi, who shared the similar alias "Abu Khabab al Masri"., United Press International, January 26, 2006, NBC, January 26, 2006, MSNBC, January 26,...
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