25-30 men broke in on OBL’s brother in law, Jamal Khalifa, and murdered him on Tuesday night.
The Manilla Times claims that Khalifa was instrumental in recruiting more than 1,000 young Filipino Muslims to the Afghanistan jihad against the former Soviet Union.
Jamal Khalifa was an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing in New York.
Via the Terrorism Research Center and AP:
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A brother-in-law of Osama bin Laden, who is wanted in the Philippines for alleged terror financing, was killed in Madagascar in what appeared to be a burglary, the victim’s brother said Wednesday.
Jamal Khalifa, who was married to a sister of the al-Qaida leader, was killed when gunmen broke into his house in a Madagascan village on Tuesday, his brother Malek Khalifa said in a phone interview from his home in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia.
Malek, who was distraught when recounting his brother’s death, said between 25 and 30 armed men broke into Jamal’s house “while he was sleeping,” and killed him. “They stole everything — his computer, all of his things,” he said.
The U.S. named Jamal as an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing in New York, and arrested him the following year on a visa violation in San Francisco. But he was deported without standing trial.
In his letter to The Daily Inquirer, Jamal said he had a “disagreement” with bin Laden and left Afghanistan in 1986, “and we have been apart from each other since then.”
Initial reports claim that the 20-30 men broke into his bedroom and shot him dead.
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