Middle-east Arab News Opinion | Asharq Al-awsat

Yemen Deports Jihad Leader’s Daughter to Egypt | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
Select Page

London, Asharq Al-Awsat- A statement issued in London by a radical organization reveal that Yemeni authorities have extradited the daughter of Adil Awad, head of the military wing of the Egyptian [Islamic] Jihad Group, and her Islamist husband, Isam Muhammad Khalil, also known as Ahmad Bakr (who was sentenced in absentia in the “Returnees From Albania” case in 1999) to Egypt.

In the statement, a copy of which was received by Asharq Al-Awsat, the London-based Al-Maqrizi Center, which is run by Dr. Hani Al-Siba’i, an Egyptian Islamist, said: “The Yemeni authorities, with the collaboration of Egyptian intelligence, abducted in Sanaa on Monday, 9 April, Isam Muhammad Khalil, also known as Ahmad Bakr, who was sentenced to five years in prison in the Returnees From Albania case. Two weeks later, they stormed the house of Khalid Afifi Shahin, known as Jalal, and arrested him.”

Al-Siba’i told Asharq Al-Awsat that Adil Awad, Egyptian [Islamic] Jihad military commander, alias “Abu al-Nadr,” was the one who supervised several operations, including the attempt to assassinate the Turah prison warden, and the attempt to assassinate former Interior Minister Hasan al-Alfi. He also personally supervised the assassination of the only witness in the case of the attempt on the life of Atif Sidqi, a former Egyptian prime minister, one day prior to the trial. The assassination took place in front of the witness’s auto showroom.

Al-Siba’i said that Al-Zawahiri, Bin Laden’s deputy, eulogized Abu-al-Nadr, “the ghost man,” in the publications of the Egyptian Jihad. He added that Awad, who is known among Islamists as the “ghost man,” supervised the botched Salah Salim assassination operation against President Mubarak. He noted that Awad was killed in an ambush in Al-Jizah in 1994.

The statement added: “At 1200 [ 0900 GMT] on Monday, 9 April, Isam Muhammad Khalil, known as Ahmad Bakr, was kidnapped in front of the British school in Haddah street in the capital Sanaa. His house was stormed, searched, and all the documents belonging to him and his family were confiscated. Three weeks later, exactly on 3 May, his wife was deported along with her children. Upon her arrival at Cairo Airport, she was detained by the Egyptian Government until Friday night.” The statement said that Mrs Fatimah is the wife of Adil Awad, known as Abu al-Nadr. She has two daughters — Ruqayah, 9, and Shayma, 7 — who were deported along with their mother before completing their school year.

The statement added: “Two weeks after the incident, the house of Khalid Afifi Shahin was stormed and his wife and four children were intimidated. Afifi’s personal computer and its accessories were confiscated. This is in addition to the confiscation of his and his wife’s phones and all the documents belonging to him and his children. His wife was not deported because she is a Yemeni.”