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Whereabouts of Al-Hayari”s wife and child still unknown | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Jeddah, Asharq Al-Awsat- The whereabouts of the wife of deceased terror suspect Younes Ibrahim Al-Hayari a Bosnian woman and her child are still unknown. They both accompanied him on his journey that started in Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj pilgrimage in February 2001, during which he decided not to return to his country of origin, and to join Islamic militant groups.

Al-Hayari participated in the Bosnian war from 1992 to 1995 with other Arabs who volunteered themselves as part of a holy war. During this period, he married a Bosnian woman and later acquired a Bosnian passport.

The Bosnian ministry of interior affairs has denied this, after they had thoroughly investigated files with information about all Bosnian nationals. They asserted that passports were confiscated from a number of people who fought in the Bosnian war. Al-Hayari”s life was at risk on a number of occasions but this led to him adopting a more extremist ideology.

The intense media coverage of Al-Hayari and his companions has neglected the situation of his wife and child. Al-Hayari would frequently use his wife and child as a ploy to conceal his movements when shifting between locations. However, they were not present at the scene of his death. What adds to the ambiguity of this case is that the wife of formerly wanted terror suspect Al Majati, who was murdered in last April”s Al-Ras incident, confirmed that she was unfamiliar with Al Hayari and his family.

Al-Hayari, the most wanted terror suspect from the list of 36 in Saudi Arabia, was killed along with some of his companions in Riyadh on the morning of 3 July 2005.