Abdullah al-Asiri

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Abdullah Hassan al-Asiri
Suicide bomber Abdullah Hassan Tali Asiri.jpg
Born 1986
Riyadh
Died August 27, 2009 (aged 22–23)
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Cause of death
suicide bombing
Other names Abdullah Hassan Tali' al-Asiri
Abdullah al-Asiri
Abul Khair
Citizenship Saudi Arabia
Known for (1) being listed on the Saudi most wanted list; (2) attempting to assassinate a Saudi Prince (3) hiding suicide bomb in his anal canal
Religion Islam
Relatives Ibrahim al-Asiri
(older brother)

Abdullah Hassan al-Asiri (Arabic: عبد الله حسن عسيري‎) (1986 – August 27, 2009) was a Saudi Arabian member of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.[1][2][3][4] His name is an ascription to the 'Asir Province of Saudi Arabia. He died in August 2009 while attempting to assassinate Saudi Arabia's Deputy Minister of the Interior, Muhammad bin Nayef, in a suicide bombing.

Overview[edit]

According to the Saudi Gazette Abdullah was reportedly recruited into al Qaeda by his older brother Ibrahim al-Asiri and the two brothers reportedly traveled to Yemen in 2007.[1]

He first rose to notability when he was named on a Saudi list of most wanted terrorist suspects on February 3, 2009, and then on August 27, 2009, for attempting to assassinate Saudi deputy minister of Interior, Muhammad bin Nayef, whom he only slightly injured in a suicide bombing.[2][5]

Asiri spoke to Mohammed bin Nayef a few days prior to the bombing and expressed his desire to turn himself in as part of the country's terrorist rehabilitation program,[6][7][7][8] and they agreed to meet.[9] This was an apparent ploy to get admitted to the Prince's palace. Asiri is believed to have traveled to Jeddah from the Yemeni province of Marib.

On August 27, 2009, Asiri waited in line at Mohammed bin Nayef's Jeddah home as "well-wisher," a tradition in the kingdom during Ramadan. He exploded a suicide bomb (perhaps with a cell phone), killing himself, but only lightly injuring bin Nayef (who was protected from the full force of the blast by Asiri's body).[10][11]

"I did not want him to be searched, but he surprised me by blowing himself up," said Mohammed, who appeared on state television with a bandage around two of his fingers on his left hand.

"However, this will only increase my determination" to fight terrorism in the kingdom.[12][13]

According to early and the most recent reports, Asiri's older brother had hidden one pound (0.5 kg) of PETN plastic explosives in his rectum and anal canal, which security experts described as a novel technique.[14][15][16][17][18][19][20] Asiri had passed through a metal detector and remained in the security of the Prince's bodyguards for over 24 hours before gaining the audience.[21]

According to Al Arabiya, this was the first assassination attempt against a royal family member since 2003, when Saudi Arabia faced a sharp uptick in al-Qaeda linked attacks.[22] The Saudi Gazette reported on October 22, 2009, that a Yemeni named Rayed Abdullah Salem Al Harbi assisted Asiri in preparing for his suicide mission.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Abdullah Al-Oreifij (September 1, 2009). "Suicide bomber named". Saudi Gazette. Archived from the original on August 2, 2009. Retrieved August 2, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Hammond, Andrew (August 30, 2009). "Saudi prince defends policy on militants". Reuters. Archived from the original on September 1, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Attack on Saudi prince raises Yemen stakes". United Press International. August 31, 2009. Archived from the original on September 1, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Al-Qaeda names Saudi Arabia bomber". Al Jazeera. August 30, 2009. Archived from the original on September 1, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Bizarre tale of Saudi bomber: Al-Qaida terrorist rode victim’s private jet". Metro US. August 30, 2009. Archived from the original on September 1, 2009. 
  6. ^ Article in the Arab News from Monday August 31, 2009 (10 Ramadan 1430)
  7. ^ a b Al-Qaida claims attack that injured Saudi prince, Forbes.com, August 30, 2009 [dead link]
  8. ^ Slackman, Michael (August 28, 2009), Would-Be Killer Linked to Al Qaeda, Saudis Say, The New York Times, retrieved April 23, 2010 
  9. ^ "Saudi prince spoke to bomber on phone before attack". Reuters. September 2, 2009. Archived from the original on September 2, 2009. "On the recording broadcast by Saudi-owned Al Arabiya, the two men are heard exchanging pleasantries and congratulating each other for the holy month of Ramadan, which is currently being observed by Muslims around the world, indicating that the conversation took place in recent weeks. 'I need to meet you to tell you the whole story,' the man told Mohammed. 'If you come I will sit with you and both of us can give whatever he has to his companion,' he replied." 
  10. ^ Sherine Bahaa (September 3, 2009). "New evil in the making?". Al Ahram Weekly. Archived from the original on September 5, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Terrorist hid explosives in his bottom". Telegraph.co.uk (London). September 21, 2009. Retrieved September 27, 2009. 
  12. ^ Article at Haaretz
  13. ^ Article at yahoo-news by Associated Press Writer Abdullah Al-shihri, Fri Aug 28, 11:16 am ET
  14. ^ Saudi suicide bomber hid IED in his anal cavity, Homeland Security Newswire, September 9, 2009 
  15. ^ Andrew England (November 1, 2010). "Bomb clues point to Yemeni terrorists". Financial Times. Archived from the original on 2 November 2010. Retrieved November 1, 2010. 
  16. ^ Borger, Julian; McGreal, Chris (November 1, 2010). "Cargo plane bomb plot: Saudi double agent 'gave crucial alert'". London: The Guardian. Archived from the original on 1 November 2010. Retrieved November 1, 2010. 
  17. ^ Chris McGreal (October 31, 2010). "Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri: the prime bombmaking suspect". London: The Guardian. Archived from the original on 2 November 2010. Retrieved November 1, 2010. 
  18. ^ Chris McGreal and Vikram Dodd (October 31, 2010). "Cargo bombs plot: US hunts Saudi extremist". London: The Guardian. Archived from the original on 1 November 2010. Retrieved November 1, 2010. 
  19. ^ Mazzetti, Mark; Worth, Robert (November 1, 2010). "Bomb investigations lead to al-Qaeda in Yemen". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved November 1, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Saudi Bombmaker Key Suspect in Yemen Plot". CBS News. November 1, 2010. Archived from the original on 2 November 2010. Retrieved November 2, 2010. 
  21. ^ Aaronovitch, David, Even failed terrorists spell serious trouble The Times 29 December 2009
  22. ^ "King commended the efforts of the Prince in the service of country and religion" (in Arabic). Al Arabiya. August 28, 2009. Retrieved September 30, 2009. 
  23. ^ Abdullah Al Oraifiji (October 22, 2009). "Jizan 3rd man a Saudi with ‘very close ties to Al-Qaeda’". Saudi Gazette. Archived from the original on October 23, 2009. 

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