Infamous Terrorist Flees to Lebanon

Suspect in 1982 Pan Am bombing spotted in Tripoli: FBI official
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 29, 2009 6:25 PM CDT
Infamous Terrorist Flees to Lebanon
This sketch shows a likeness of master bomb maker Abu Ibrahim, whose real name is Husayn al-Umari.    ((AP Photo/FBI, File))

A master bomb maker who once targeted commercial airliners and was suspected of aiding the Iraq insurgency has fled to Lebanon, an FBI official has confirmed. There is information that 73-year-old Abu Ibrahim was reportedly in Tripoli, a city in northwest Lebanon, the official said earlier this week. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation continues.

Ibrahim, a devout Sunni who was born in Tripoli, is suspected of carrying out more than two dozen attacks on mainly American, Israeli, and Jewish targets in a career that spans decades. He was indicted in the 1982 bombing of Pan Am Flight 830, an explosion that killed a 16-year-old boy and wounded more than a dozen passengers. The FBI has been looking to catch Ibrahim for decades and has recently increased its efforts to arrest him. (Read more Abu Ibrahim stories.)

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