US paper tells of Al Qaida in Trinidad
February 2, 2007
US paper tells of Al Qaida in Trinidad

A BUSINESS daily newspaper in the United States has stated that Al Qaida is setting up one of its cells in Trinidad.

In its January 23, 2007 publication, Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) stated that Al Qaida has launched a movement to replace the democratically-elected Government. IBD said that the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) are fearful that Trinidadian jihadists could train and export terrorists to strike the United States.{{more}}

According to the newspaper, Trinidad might be harbouring the “next Mohammed Atta,” a college-educated English-speaking Saudi native known within Al Qaida as “Jafar the Pilot.”

His real name was given as Adnan El Shukrijumah, and the FBI considers him “armed and dangerous.” He has been connected to Al Qaida plots to attack America with dirty bombs.

The FBI’s website says Shukrijumah carries a Guyanese passport, but may attempt to enter the United States with a Trinidadian passport. His father is Guyanese, but he taught Arabic in mosques there and in Trinidad before moving to the US to work for the Saudi Embassy and then run a small radical mosque in Florida.

US authorities are worried that Caribbean blacks have been targeted by Al Qaida for Islmalic conversion and recruitment along with African-Americans.

Adnan G. El Shukrijumah is 31 years old and was born in Saudi Arabia.

The individual who merits the distinction of the “America’s most dangerous” fugitive weighs about 140 pounds. He is 5 feet 3 inches tall to 5 feet 5 inches tall. He has a Mediterranean complexion, black hair, black eyes, and he occasionally wears a beard.

The FBI also reports he uses several aliases: Adnan G. El Shukri Jumah; Abu Arif; Ja’far Al-Tayar; Jaffar Al-Tayyar; Jafar Tayar and Jaafar Al-Tayya

El-Shukrijumah represents the perfect “sleeper agent,” since he speaks English without the slightest hint of an accent and possesses the uncanny abilities to blend into a crowd, to alter his looks, and to assume a multitude of identities. He is the proverbial Mr. Cellophane. Nothing about el-Shukrijumah indicates his radical Islamic orientation. He remains clean-shaven and never wears a long shirt or chews a toothpick. He has been known to have a beer on occasion (like an average American Joe), to smoke an occasional Camel and even to carry rosary beads in his pocket.

Adnan el Shukrijumah, a trained nuclear technician and accomplished pilot, has been singled out by bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri to serve as the field commander for the next terrorist attack on U.S. soil, a nuclear event that is known among al-Qaida planners as “the American Hiroshima.”

The terrorist was last seen in Mexico, where, on November 1, 2004, he allegedly hijacked a Piper PA Pawnee cropduster from Ejido Queretaro near Mexacli to transport a nuclear weapon and nuclear equipment into the U.S. The plane’s tail number was XBCYP.

El-Shukrijumah was born in Guyana on August 4, 1975 – the first born of Gulshair el-Shukrijumah, a 44-year-old radical Muslim cleric, and his 16-year-old wife.

In 1985, Gulshair migrated to the United States, where he assumed duties as the imam of the Farouq Mosque in Brooklyn.

The mosque, located at 554 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, has served as a hive for terrorist activities. It has raised millions for the jihad and has served as a recruiting station for al-Qaida. Many of the planners of the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center, including blind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, were prominent members of this notorious “house of worship.”

In 1995, the Shukrijumah family relocated to Miramar, Fla., where Gulshair became the spiritual leader of the radical Masjid al-Hijah Mosque, and where Adnan became friends with Jose Padilla, who planned to detonate a radiological bomb in midtown Manhattan; Mandhai Jokhan, who was convicted of attempting to blow up nuclear power plants in southern Florida; and a group of other home-grown terrorists.