A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a Massachusetts man, Ahmad Abousamra, a U.S. citizen, who is believed to have trained terrorists to kill Americans.
UK DAILY MAIL Abousamra, now 31, fled the United States in 2006, shortly after being interviewed by the FBI. He uses several aliases. The FBI says Abousamra is an associate of Tarek Mehanna, a Sudbury man convicted on four terrorism charges and sentenced this year to 17 1/2 years in prison. He and Mehanna were charged in a later indictment with an additional count of conspiring to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, al Qaeda. Abousamra was indicted on nine charges in all.
Abousamra was indicted in 2009 after taking multiple trips to Pakistan and Yemen, where he attempted to obtain military training for the purpose of killing American soldiers overseas, the FBI said. He also traveled to Iraq in the hope of joining forces fighting against the United States.
‘We think that the indictment very clearly characterizes the very serious threat that (Abousamra) poses, and that’s why we are initiating our world media campaign today to highlight our fugitive search for him,’ Richard DesLauriers, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston field office, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.
DesLauriers said the FBI has had an active fugitive investigation since Abousamra was indicted in 2009. He would not say what prompted the FBI to launch the publicity campaign now. Abousamra may be living in Aleppo, Syria, with at least one daughter and his extended family.