RIYADH/MADINA – There have been no major attacks in Saudi Arabia since February 2006, when suicide bombers tried but failed to attack an oil facility at the Abqaiq oil complex, the world’s largest oil processing facility, in eastern Saudi Arabia. But the name list of the most wanted 85 terror suspects has sent a signal of possible attacks about the backgrounds of those suspects on the list who have been called to turn themselves in to authorities and “return to a normal life.” This report reveals the identities of some of the most wanted.
After his release from Guantanamo in 2006, the suspect resided in Bahah, south of Saudi Arabia, working as a car dealer before his disappearance. Al-Ghamdi is married and has one son. He is believed to have sneaked into a neighboring country along with Adnan Al-Sayegh, another terror suspect on the list.
Back from Guantanamo in 2006, Al-Sayegh went through the rehabilitation program of the Ministry of Interior. After completing the program, Al-Sayegh, 27, left Taif for Bahah with his wife and his five-month-old son to visit relatives and friends there Jan. 25, his brother Ramadan said. He stayed three days in Bahah after which he disappeared.
His brothers-in-law tried to contact him, but he never answered their calls. Last Sunday, Adnan called his brother Ramadan saying that he was enjoying the weather in Bahah and would arrive in Taif the same night. But he never made it. The suspect shocked the family when he appeared on the most wanted list, his brother said.
Adnan went to Afghanistan with a relief team in 2000 where he was later arrested and sent to Guantanamo. Al-Sayegh is married to the sister of a Guantanamo returnee, Othman Al-Ghamdi who is believed to have run away with Al-Sayegh.
The suspect, released from Guantanamo in 2007, was arrested in a hospital in Pakistan after suffering injuries in his feet and right hand. He allegedly traveled to Afghanistan two weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, provided money to other fighters and trained in urban warfare at a camp north of Kabul, Afghanistan, according to a summary of the evidence against him from US military review panels at Guantanamo Bay. He recently appeared in Al-Qaeda propaganda video along with suspect Muhammad Al-Oufi.
Prisoner number 333 at Guantanamo who was released in 2007, Al-Oufi appeared in a recent Al-Qaeda propaganda video posted on a militant-leaning website Jan. 23 as a field commander. Before his release from Guantanamo, Al-Oufi said he had only wanted to help refugees and was not a fighter. According to AP, his biography said he had fought in Afghanistan, Chechnya, and Kashmir before he was captured, and narrowly escaped death when “an American rocket” hit a house in Afghanistan where he and 13 other fighters were sleeping. Al-Oufi was the only survivor and “was not hit by even one piece of shrapnel.”
After his release from Guantanamo, Al-Shihri returned to his terror ideology and practice following the path of his brother Saad Al-Shihri who was on the most wanted list of the 36 suspected militants published in 2005.
He was released in February 2007 from Guantanamo. The suspect, 33, holds an elementary school diploma. He traveled to Pakistan and was said to have met with Al-Qaeda members while in Tora Bora. He was arrested and sent to Guantanamo. His family declined to talk about his life.
The suspect, a Guantanamo returnee in 2007, told his family last October that he would go to Madina for a few days and come back. But he has never made it back home, severing all communications with his family that immediately reported him to the Ministry of Interior, his brother Muhammad said.
After his release from Guantanamo, Muqrim spent a few months at Haer Prison in Riyadh after which the government started to give him a free monthly income of SR3,000 to support him.
He started a new vegetable shop and bought a pick-up truck, but soon he quit the profession saying it was too demanding and tiring. Muqrim is married and has an 8-year-old daughter and his wife is expecting a baby next month.
Muqrim used to work at the Saudi Electricity Company in Riyadh before he went to Afghanistan with a group of friends; two of them were killed there, his brother said.
His father passed away before his return from Guantanamo Bay prison.
The suspect is the brother of two 2007 Guantanamo returnees; Abdulhadi and Abdulrazzaq Al-Sharikh.
The suspect followed the path of his brother Fahd Al-Juwair who was killed along with other four terror suspects during military confrontation with security forces at a rest house in Al-Yarmouk District in Riyadh. They were killed just a day after their attempt to blow up an oil facility in Abqaiq was foiled. Four militants and two guards killed. Fahd Al-Juwair was on the most wanted list of the 36 suspected militants.
Listed sixth on the new list, the suspect left his family house two-and-a-half years ago to study abroad but he has never made it back, his father Saleh said. He was a full time student of Imam Muhammad Bin Saud Islamic University where he studied Islamic Shariah for only one semester and suddenly disappeared, the father said. “We did not notice any changes on him…he used to pray on time and visit his relatives,” his father said. The suspect was not married.
His mother said that he used to call her once every two months, but he never revealed where he was. The last time he called her was early January. She said she never saw him using the Internet at home.
The suspect, 31, left his hometown Al-Bikairiyah in the central region of the Kingdom for Iraq some three years ago. The last time he called his family was about five months ago, his brother Khaled said. Before his sudden trip to Iraq, he was working at a private company. “If we had known that he would go to Iraq, we would have reported him to the authorities,” his brother said. The family did not notice any change in his attitude or behavior before he left, the brother said, wishing that he would return home safe soon.
Five months ago, the suspect, 27, left his home in Briman District in Jeddah. He has never called his family since then. He completed high school in Jeddah after which he joined a Qur’an memorization school, his mother said. Last September he told his mother that he was going to seek Islamic education outside the Kingdom, but he did not say where. – Okaz/SG