New Delhi, May 22: An Al-Qaeda operative from Hyderabad, who was convicted in the United States has been deported to India. He was convicted for financing activities of slain Al-Qaeda preacher, Anwar al-Awlaki.
A resident of Toledo in Ohio, US, the 41 year old Mohammad Ibrahim Zubair was deported to India on a special flight that landed in Amritsar on May 19. He was born in Sharjah, but is an Indian national. His parents originally hail from Hyderabad.
It was on expected lines that the Al-Qaeda’s Yemen unit claimed in a video that it was responsible for the Charlie Hebdo attack. While the authenticity of the video cannot be ascertained, investigators are still not giving any credit to the Al-Qaeda, which it has been seeking desperately. However, what is interesting to note here is that Yemen connection to this incident. The Yemen wing of the Al-Qaeda operates under the banner of the Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Read more:
Anwar al- Awlaki is dead but his legacy lingers on. The Cyber Terrorist of the world based out of Yemen has been linked to the Charlie Hebdo case, with a foreign agency claiming that one of the terrorists had in fact met Awlaki a couple of months before his death. The French agencies would have no reason not to believe that Charlie Hebdo attackers were not part of the Al-Qaeda.
An intelligence report stating that the terrorist had met Awlaki and also the fact that during their attack they screamed we are Al-Qaeda in Yemen will all be proof to suggest their linkeages. However what is more important here is that Awalaki has become a centric figure not just for the Al-Qaeda which he was part of but also the Lashkar-e-Tayiba which had told Kasab and the nine others to read what this man had to preach.