Pakistani national added to FBI''s terror list
From Lalit K Jha
Washington, Nov 14 (PTI) The FBI today placed Pakistani national Shaykh Aminullah on its rare "Seeking Information Terrorism" list that identifies individuals being sought in connection with designated terrorist organisations or possible terrorist activity against the US.
"Shaykh Aminullah is wanted for questioning in connection with providing material support to Al Qaeda, the Taliban and anti-coalition militias with the aid of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT)," the FBI said in a statement.
One of the largest and most proficient of the Kashmir-focused militant groups, LeT is a Pakistan-based terrorist group with links to the al-Qaeda network. It was designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation in 2001, the statement said.
Aminullah is only the sixth individual to be added to this list.
The other five being Amer el-Maati; Faker Ben Abdelazziz Boussora, Abderraouf Jdey, Abdullah Al-Rimi and Sirajuddin Haqqani.
Of these six, the FBI has announced a reward of USD 5 million for information leading to the sentencing of Haqqani, Abderraouf and Boussora.
FBI''s Seeking Information Terrorism" list was established for individuals not under indictment in the United States.
This list complements the FBI''s "Most Wanted Terrorists" list of individuals indicted in the United States for their alleged involvement in various terrorist attacks or planned attacks around the world against United States interests or persons.
The FBI said as of early 2008, Shaykh Aminullah was allegedly providing assistance, including funding and recruits, to the Al Qaeda network.
"He was reported to have provided funding and other resources to the Taliban, including explosive vests and other resources and facilitated the activities of anti-Coalition militants operating in Afghanistan by raising money in support of terrorist activities. In addition, he allegedly began a campaign to support militants in Pakistan," it said.
"Reportedly, Shaykh Aminullah was responsible for recruiting fighters and suicide bombers and for the acquisition of funds and equipment for militants in Afghanistan. Shaykh Aminullah has allegedly provided monetary compensation to families of fighters killed in Afghanistan and has been involved in anti-Coalition militia recruiting activities," the FBI said.
Founder and director of the Ganj Madrassa, a religious institution, he is believed to reside in the Ganj District (or Ganji District), Peshawar, Pakistan.
"Shaykh Aminullah has a number of aliases which include Fazeel-A-Tul Shaykh Abu Mohammed Ameen Al-Peshawari, Abu Mohammad Amin Bishawri, Sheik Aminullah, Shaykh Ameen, Shaykh Aminullah al-Peshawari, Abu Mohammad Aminullah Peshawari, Abu Mohammad Shaykh Aminullah al Bishauri, and Shaykh Abu Mohammed Ameen al-Peshawari," the FBI said.
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