Zulkifli Abdhir

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Zulkifli Abdhir
Zulkifli Abdhir.jpg
Picture taken in 2000
Born Zulkifli Abdhir
1966 (age 47–48)
Muar, Johor, Malaysia
Nationality Malaysia
Other names Marwan, Zulkifli bin Hir, Zulkifli bin Abdul Hir, Zulkifli Abd Hir, Hulagu, Holagu, Lagu, Musa Abdul Hir, Zulkifli Abdul Hir, Abdul Hir bin Zulkifli, Abduhir Bin Hir, Bin Abdul Hir Zulkifli, Zulkifli, Zulkifli Hir, Musa, Abdulhir Bin Hir, Ahmad Shobirin, Armand Escalante, Hassan, Hendri Lawi, Henri Lawi, Hogalu, Hugalu, Muslimin Abdulmotalib, Norhana Mohamad, Normina, Hashim, Omar Salem, Salim Alombra
Occupation Engineer
Known for Leader of the Kumpulan Mujahidin Malaysia
Religion Islam

Zulkifli Abdhir (born 1966) is a Malaysian who is one of the FBI Most Wanted Terrorists. The FBI have offered a USD 5 million reward for information leading to his capture. He is the maker of bombs delivered for usage to several terrorist groups. [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, approximately 120 lbs and can speak Malaysian, Tagalog, English, and Arabic.[1] Abdhir attended a boarding school in Malaysia until he trained overseas as an engineer in the USA.[2] After his training, he abruptly left his 10 siblings and 3 children to join the Kumpulan Mujahidin Malaysia. [3]

Terrorism and connections[edit]

Abdhir, often going under the name "Marwan", 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, of which Zulkifli is believed to part of its central command. The Jemaah Islamiyah is the main cause of the devastating 2002 Bali bombings and many other attacks in South Eastern Asia.[4] Abdhir is wanted for the allegation of being a supplier of bombs to various terrorist groups around the world. He is also under suspicion of teaching terrorists how to build bombs. Abdhir, himself, was taught to make bombs by the terrorist Azahari Husin. He is thought to be involved in the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group. Zulkifli Abdhir was indicted for arrest on August 1, 2007 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.[5] Since August 2003, Abdhir was thought to be hiding somewhere in the southern Philippines.[5]

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.[6][7] 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.[8][9] He is currently detained in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba. [10]

His younger brother, Taufik bin Abdul Halim was also arrested for terrorist charges in 2001, when he was arrested for involvement in the Atrium Mall bombing (which cost him his leg) located in Jakarta, Indonesia and was later convicted.[11] [12]

Reports of 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 an official DNA comparison to the DNA of one of Abdhir's siblings. His body was never found despite reports of his death. The statements of his supposed death were later retracted as the manhunt continues.[13][14]

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).[15]

See also[edit]

Kumpulan Mujahidin Malaysia

Jemaah Islamiyah

Azahari Husin

Abu Sayyaf

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Mother of Malaysian Terrorist Fears She Has Lost Him to Militancy Forever: Report." Mother of Malaysian Terrorist Fears She Has Lost Him to Militancy Forever: Report. The Straits Times; Asia Report, 5 July 2014. Web. 12 Aug. 2014. <http://www.stasiareport.com/the-big-story/asia-report/malaysia/story/mother-malaysian-terrorist-fears-she-has-lost-him-militancy>.
  4. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/2778923.stm
  5. ^ a b Pierre Thomas, "Brothers Indicted on Terror Charges", ABC News, Aug. 3, 2007 http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/story?id=3444001#.T4Qys9nErZ8
  6. ^ Kouri, Jim. "Gobal terrorist and his sibling indicted for supporting terrorist group". Renew America. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ Coté, John. "Terror charges for man- brother at large in the Philippines". SFGate. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  8. ^ 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>.
  9. ^ 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>.
  10. ^ Wai, Wong C., and Farik Zolkepli. "Dangerous and on the Loose - Nation | The Star Online." Dangerous and on the Loose - Nation | The Star Online. The Star Online, 4 July 2014. Web. 06 Aug. 2014. <http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/07/04/Most-wanted-and-not-dead-as-thought-FBI-has-put-out-a-RM16mil-bounty-on-Malaysian-who-supplies-bomb/>.
  11. ^ Abuza, Zachary. "Zulkifli Bin Hir: JI's U.S.-Trained Engineer." Jamestown Foundation. The Jamestown Foundation, 5 Apr. 2007. Web. 24 July 2014. <http%3A%2F%2Fwww.jamestown.org%2Fsingle%2F%3Ftx_ttnews%255Btt_news%255D%3D4056%23.U9HCavldU6A>.
  12. ^ Nazkarim, Farrah. "Presumed Dead Militant Still Alive." New Straights Times Online. New Straights Time, 21 June 2014. Web. 30 July 2014. http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nst.com.my%2Fnode%2F4959>.
  13. ^ 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
  14. ^ "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
  15. ^ 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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  • [2] Audio of award winning journalist Maria Ressa reporting on the story.