Zulkifli Abdhir

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Zulkifli Abdhir (1966-?) is a Malaysian who is/was the one of the most wanted terrorist, according to the FBI, who have offered a USD 5 million reward for information leading to his capture.[1]

Early life[edit]

Zulkifli Abhir was born on January/October 5, 1966 In Muar, Johor, Malaysia. Abdhir is known to reference both dates in different circumstances as his date of birth. According to the FBI, he is 5 feet 6 inches tall and 120 lbs and can speak Malaysian, Tagalog, English, and Arabic.[1] He trained as an engineer in the USA.[2]


Abdhir is suspected to be in charge of the south eastern Asian and Indonesian terrorist group called the Kumpulan Mujahidin Malaysia or KMM. The KMM is a part of the international terrorist organization, Jemaah Islamiyah or JI. The Jemaah Islamiyah is thought to be the main cause of the devastating 2002 Bali bombings.[3] Abdhir is suspected to be the supplier of bombs to various terrorist groups around the world. He is also under suspicion of teaching terrorists how to build bombs. He is thought to be the most involved in the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group. Zulkifli Abdhir was indicted for arrest on August 1, 2007 in the United States District Court, Northern District of California.[4] Abdhir was thought to be hiding somewhere in the Philippines.[4]

His brother, Rahmat Abdhir, was arrested in California for conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, providing material to terrorists, false statements, and providing material to a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (Zulkifli Abdhir). In an email between the two they discussed the exchange rates and prices of weapons, specifically an M60 assault rifle. Further investigation showed that Rahmat had wired over 10,000 dollars to his brother. [5][6] Federal agents discovered 1,000 rounds of ammunition, scopes to sniper rifles, two-way radios, military training manuals, and materials used to make bombs. Rahmat Abdhir was refused bail twice, once upon his initial arrest and a second time in 2008. [7] [8] He was sentenced to 10 years in prison. [9]

Possible death and current location[edit]

Early reports claimed that in the Philippines Abdhir died during an airstrike on February 2, 2012. The Malaysian government asked for official DNA comparison on what was believed to be Abdhir's body to the DNA of one of Abdhir's siblings. The statements of his supposed death were later retracted as the manhunt continues. [10] [11]

Von Al Haq, a spokesperson for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), has claimed in 2013 that Zulkifli Abdhir is being protected by Ameril Umbra Kato's Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF). [12]

See also[edit]

Kumpulan Mujahidin Malaysia

Jemaah Islamiyah

Azahari Husin

Abu Sayyaf


  1. ^ a b "Zulkifli Abdhir", FBI Website, http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/wanted_terrorists/zulkifli-abdhir/view
  2. ^ Mario J Mallari, "Westmincom seeks public help in manhunt for Malaysian militant", Tribune Online, May 4, 2011, http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20110504nat3.html
  3. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/2778923.stm
  4. ^ a b Pierre Thomas, "Brothers Indicted on Terror Charges", ABC News, Aug. 3, 2007 http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/story?id=3444001#.T4Qys9nErZ8
  5. ^ Kouri, Jim. "Gobal terrorist and his sibling indicted for supporting terrorist group". Renew America. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  6. ^ Coté, John. "Terror charges for man- brother at large in the Philippines". SFGate. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ Mintz, Howard. "Court Rejects Bail for San Jose Terror Suspect." MercuryNews.com. San Jose Mercury News, 15 Feb. 2008. Web. 20 July 2014. <http://www.mercurynews.com/crime/ci_8273817>.
  8. ^ Martinez, Jennifer, and Sean Webby. "San Jose Terror Suspect Kept Guns in Home, Storage." MercuryNews.com. San Jose Mercury News, 8 Aug. 2007. Web. 20 July 2014. <http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_6570872?source=rss>.
  9. ^ "Rahmat Abdhir." Mother Jones. Mother Jones, n.d. Web. 20 July 2014. <http://www.motherjones.com/fbi-terrorist/rahmat-abdhir>.
  10. ^ http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=314852:wanted-dead-or-alive-us-fbi-offers-rm16-mil-bounty-for-msian-terror-chief-marwan&Itemid=2#axzz384LttLsO
  11. ^ "2 JI leaders among 15 killed in Sulu, says AFP", February 2, 2012, Rappler.com http://www.rappler.com/nation/1297-malaysia-show-dna-proof-of-terrorist-s-death
  12. ^ name="tracking terrorism">"Kumpulan Mujahidin Malaysia (KMM)." TRAC. Tracking Terrorism, n.d. Web. 02 June 2014. TrackingTerrorism.Org http://www.trackingterrorism.org/group/kumpulan-mujahidin-malaysia-kmm

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External Links[edit]

  • [2] Audio of award winning journalist Maria Ressa reporting on the story.