FBI ALERT: Watch for Adnan G. El Shukrijumah

| 3/20/2003

The FBI issued a worldwide alert Thursday for Adnan G. El Shukrijumah, a Saudi national thought to be plotting terrorist attacks as part of al-Qaida, The Associated Press reported.

The FBI is asking for help from law enforcement and the public in locating El Shukrijumah, who officials say may have been last seen in Miami before he disappeared. His current whereabouts are unknown.

The FBI today released these four photos of Adnan G. El Shakrijuman, whom the agency is seeking in connection to potential terrorist plots.

“El Shukrijumah is possibly involved with al-Qaida terrorist activities and, if true, poses a serious threat to U.S. citizens and interests worldwide,” the FBI said in a statement.

El Shukrijumah is described as 27, about 5-foot-4 and 132 pounds or heavier. He may or may not be wearing a beard.

Although born in Saudi Arabia, the FBI says El Shukrijumah carries a Guyana passport and could attempt to enter the United States with a Saudi, Canadian or Trinidad passport as well. He has also gone by a half-dozen aliases.

The FBI alert did not specify the nature of the threats El Shukrijumah may pose to U.S. interests. One FBI official said El Shukrijumah only recently came to the agency's attention, but the official did not say how.

The alert came as the FBI intensified its effort to interview thousands of Iraqi-born individuals living in the United States to uncover any potential terrorist attacks planned by Iraqi operatives or sympathizers and to protect them from any hate crimes.

The FBI also was actively investigating “others who have links to terrorism,” including potential al-Qaida members or sympathizers in America.

Several thousand FBI agents were being diverted from regular duties to do the interviews and man command posts at each of the bureau's 56 field offices to gather intelligence and respond quickly to any terrorist threats. A national command center was set up at FBI headquarters in Washington, DC.

“We are bringing to bear the full weight of our resources, expertise and partnerships,” FBI Director Robert Mueller said. “We are running down every lead, responding to every threat, coordinating with every partner, and doing our utmost to keep terrorists from striking back.”