Counterterrorism Watch
Arrests & Convictions: Other Terror Organizations

June 2007- August 2007

SALAFIST GROUP FOR PREACHING AND COMBAT (GSPC)/AL-QA’IDA IN THE ISLAMIC MAGHREB (AQIM)

  • Spain, June 2007: Spanish authorities arrested four members of an alleged Al-Qa’ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) recruitment cell. The four men, Abdellatif Zehraoui, 29, Mohamed Laksir, 23, Mohamed Akazim, 32, and Moulay Lahoucine Miftah Idrissi, 27, allegedly recruited volunteers for training in terror activities in Africa's Sahel region.
  • Algeria, June 2007: An Algerian court sentenced in absentia fugitive founder and former GSPC leader Hassan Hattab to life imprisonment for setting up an armed terrorist group. A separate Algerian court in March 2007 had sentenced Hattab in absentia to death for forming a terrorist group, possessing weapons and carrying out armed attacks.
  • Algeria, June 2007: An Algerian court sentenced in absentia Abu Musab Abdelouadud, a.k.a. Abdelmalek Droukdel, the leader of the GSPC/Al Qa’ida in the Islamic Maghreb to 20 years imprisonment on charges of “forming a terrorist group and inciting to join it.”
  • Algeria, August 2007: Former leader of the GSPC and suspected AQIM second in command Abdel Qader Bin Masud, a.k.a. Musab Abu Dawd, surrendered to Algerian authorities.

ABU SAYYAF GROUP (ASG)

  • Philippines, August 2007: Filipino authorities arrested suspected Abu Sayyaf bomb courier Gino Musa, 19.

 

LASHKAR-E-TAIBA/JAMA’AT-UD-DAWA (LET/JUD)

  • India, June 2007: Indian police in Delhi arrested suspected LET militant Mukhtiar Ahmed Khan, 24, who was carrying explosives, detonators and a timer. He reportedly told police that he and others were charged with setting up a base in Delhi in order to carry out an attack.
  • New York, July 2007: A U.S. District judge in New York sentenced Mahmud Faruq Brent, a.k.a. Mahmud Almutazzim, to 15 years imprisonment, on charges that he conspired to provide material support to LET. Brent had pleaded guilty to the charges in April 2007 which included attending a LET terrorist training camp in Pakistan
  • Virginia, July 2007: A U.S. District court in Alexandria sentenced Sabri Benkahla, 32, another member of the so-called “Virginia Jihad” group, to ten years in prison. He was convicted in February 2007 on charges of perjury, obstruction of justice and making false statements. Several Virginia Jihad group members attended LET training camps in Pakistan and were training in Virginia to mount jihadi attacks in Kashmir, Pakistan and Chechnya.
  • India, August 2007: Indian authorities in Mumbai charged 13 Muslim Indians, allegedly members of LET and the Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), with plotting and perpetrating the July 2006 Mumbai train bombings that killed 187 people and injured 824 others.
  • India, August 2007: A New Delhi court sentenced two LET militants - Shahid Ahmad Bakshi and Farhan Ahmed Ali – to seven years imprisonment after finding them guilty of unauthorized possession of arms. Prosecutors had also charged them with planning to assassinate Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and some Sangh Parivar leaders but the court said there was not enough evidence to convict them on those charges.

LASHKAR-E-JHANGVI (LEJ)

  • Pakistan, June 2007: June 11: Police in Karachi arrested three LEJ terrorists in connection with the April 2006 Nishtar Park suicide bombing in Karachi that killed 57 people.
  • Pakistan, June 2007: Police in Kashmore arrested two LEJ operatives in connection with the 2002 kidnapping and murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl. Attaur Rehman, alias Naeem Bukhari, and Faisal Bhatti, were found with weapons and explosives when they were apprehended.
  • Pakistan, July 2007: Police in Quetta arrested Zahoor, alias Choota Waqar, a LEJ operative wanted for the killing of prominent Shiite personalities in Quetta, and two bomb blasts in Shiite places of worship.

JAISH-E-MOHAMMED (JEM)

  • India, August 2007: Indian authorities in Jammu and Kashmir arrested four suspected JEM operatives - Maqsooda Begum, Zahira Kouser, H A Sidiqqi and Zafar.

 

JAMA’ATUL MUJAHIDEEN BANGLADESH (JMB)

  • Bangladesh, June 2007: Police arrested Abdul Jalil Sardar, known as Studio Jalil, a close aide to former senior JMB leader Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai. 
  • Former Bangladeshi lawmakers Aminul Haque and Ruhul Kuddus Talukdar Dulu were convicted and sentenced to jail terms for enabling the JMB to carry out its militant activities. Aminul, sentenced to 31 years, was found to be one of the key patrons of the terrorist movement. Dulu was sentenced to eight years.

JEMAAH ISLAMIYAH (JI)

  • Indonesia, June 2007: In a series of raids, Indonesian police arrested the head of JI, known as Zarkasih, alias Mbah, 45, the head of its military wing, Abu Dujana, 37, and a senior aide to Dujana, Mahfud, a.k.a. Yusron. Zarkasih and Abu Dujana both assumed their positions in 2005 and were wanted in connection with a string of bomb attacks including the October 2002 bombings in Bali that killed 202 people.
  • Singapore, June 2007: Singaporean authorities announced that in the preceding months, they had arrested four alleged members of the JI network in Singapore: Ishak a.k.a. Mohamed Noohu, Mohamed Hussain bin Saynudin, Mohamed Yassin a.k.a. O P Mohamed Nooh, and  Ibrahim bin Mohd Noor.  
  • Philippines, July 2007: Filipino authorities arrested Pakistan-trained explosives expert Jabiri Abdul, one of the principal suspects in the December 2004 General Santos City public market blast that killed 15 people and injured 60 others. The JI-linked suspect had been under surveillance for two years and authorities found bomb-making paraphernalia in his home.
  •  United States, August 2007: A California court indicted brothers Zulkifli and Rahmat Abdhir on charges of providing material support to terrorists. A fugitive, U.S.-designated terrorist believed to be in the Philippines, Zulkifli Abdhir, 41, is believed to be a member of the central command of Jemaah Islamiyah and involved in multiple deadly bomb attacks in the Philippines. He was listed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) in September 2003. Federal authorities arrested Rahmat Abdhir, 43, a U.S. citizen living in California, accused of proving funds and equipment to his brother, a designated terrorist.
  • Philippines, August 2007: Filipino police arrested JI member Kaharudin Usman Talib alias Kasalud, who reportedly confessed to police about an August 3, 2007 JI bombing at a bus terminal in the southern Philippines that killed one person.

 LIBYAN ISLAMIC FIGHTING GROUP (LIFG)

  • Britain, June 2007: Three men - Ismail Kamoka, 41, Abdul Bourouag, 44, and Khaled Abusalama, 36, pleaded guilty in a British court to providing funds and false passports to the Al-Qa’ida linked-Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG). Kamoka was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison while Bourouag and Abusalama received 22 months each.  
  • Britain, July 2007: A British court sentenced Libyan national Al Bashir Mohammed al Faqih, 47, to four year in prison after he pleaded guilty to two counts of “possessing a document or record containing information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.” An alleged former member of the LIFG, al Faqih was found with manuals, CDs and audiocassettes describing how to make explosives and set up a terrorist cell.

MOROCCAN ISLAMIC COMBATANT GROUP (GICM)

  • France, July 2007: A Paris court convicted eight people of providing logistical and financial support to suicide bombers who attacked five sites in Casablanca, Morocco in May 2003, killing 45 people, including three French citizens. Suspected ringleader Mustapha Baouchi, who allegedly underwent explosives training at camps in Afghanistan, received a 10-year prison sentence. Most of the suspects are believed to have been in contact with Noureddine Nafia, a member of the GICM who is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence in Morocco for his role in the May 2003 bombings. 

HIZBALLAH

  • Iraq, July 2007: The U.S. military announced that it had arrested Hizballah operative Ali Musa Duqduq in Basra in March 2007.

HAMAS AND ISLAMIC JIHAD

  • Israel, June 2007: Israeli authorities announced the arrest of Jordanian national Ala Hamad, who reportedly admitted that he had been recruited into Hamas during a visit to Syria in 2004 and had been instructed to use his Israeli resident status and ID to assist in perpetrating various terrorist attacks, especially kidnappings.
  • United States, July 2007: A U.S. court in Chicago sentenced Palestinian Muhammad Salah, 54, to 21 months in jail and a $25,000 fine on charges of lying under oath in a Hamas financing case. In February 2007, a jury had acquitted Salah of terrorism charges but he was found guilty of obstruction of justice for lying under oath in a civil case brought by the parents of an American teenager who was killed in a Hamas terrorist attack in Israel. In the course of that case, Salah had lied about his connections to Hamas.
  • Israel, July 2007: Israeli authorities indicted suspected Islamic Jihad operative Jihad Tzalach Saliman Abu Dahar, 25, for involvement in the May 2004 killing of a pregnant mother and her four daughters on the Kissufim road in the Gaza Strip.

ETA

  • France, June 2007: Police in southwestern France arrested three suspected ETA militants who had been wanted for several years. Alaitz Areitio Azpiri, 28, Aitor Lorente Bilbao, 40, and Igor Igartua Etxeberria, 37, were found with a revolver, forged documents, cash and tools used to steal cars and make false license plates.
  • Canada, June 2007: Canadian authorities in Vancouver arrested Basque/ETA suspect Bittor Tejedor Bilbao, 50, accused of taking part in ETA bomb and machine-gun attacks in the 1980s.
  • Canada, June 2007: Canadian authorities in Quebec City arrested suspected Basque/ETA militant Ivan Apaolaza Sancho, 35, accused of involvement in a July 2000 car bombing in Madrid. Sancho has been on an international terrorist watch list since 2002, wanted for a number of terrorist attacks.
  • Spain, July 2007: Spanish police arrested suspected ETA operative Aritz Arginzoniz Zubiarre, apprehended at a bus station in northern Spain where he was reportedly carrying a pistol, a timer, false identity documents and details of two potential targets in Santander, Spain.
  • France, July 2007: In southern France, French police arrested three suspected ETA members, including Juan Cruz Maiza Artola, 56, the suspected logistics chief of the Basque separatist group, and two of his accomplices, Iker Iparraguirre Galarraga, 29, and Galder Bihotz Cornago Arnaez, 31.
  • France, August 2007: French police arrested suspected Basque militant Juliano Cavaterra, 39, believed to be linked to the production and distribution of ETA's internal newsletter Zutabe.

LIBERATION TIGERS OF TAMIL EELAM (LTTE)

  • United States, June 2007: In New York, the alleged head of the LTTE in the U.S., Karunakaran Kandasamy, pleaded not guilty to charges of assisting a terrorist organization. Arrested in Queens in April 2007, Kandasamy is suspected of overseeing the organization’s activities and fundraising in the U.S. and of having funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund the organization’s activities.
  • England, June 2007: British authorities charged Arunachalam Chrishanthakumar, 50, president of the British Tamil Association, and Goldan Lambert, 29, with providing support to the banned terrorist organization Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Chrishanthakumar, a.k.a. AC Shanthan, is accused of being an LTTE member, helping to arrange a meeting which he knew was to support the LTTE, addressing an LTTE meeting, and receiving money, literature and manuals that could be used for terrorist purposes.
  • Australia, July 2007: Australian authorities arrested Arumugam Rajeevan, 40, on charges of providing support or resources to the LTTE, a banned terrorist organization, being a member of a terrorist group and making a financial asset available to a proscribed terrorist entity. Rajeevan allegedly raised money for the LTTE by telling donors the money was for victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
  • Sri Lanka, August 2007: Sri Lankan authorities arrested LTTE suspect Kalimuttu Vinodkumar, who reportedly admitted to authorities that he was among 12 LTTE cadres sent on a three-month training program to Northern Ireland. The course was conducted by foreign instructors with the help of Tamil translators.

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