FBI seeks to question Egyptian member of al-Qaeda

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) stated on Tuesday that police officers seek to question an Egyptian suspect belonging to al-Qaeda who is believed to be living in Brazil. The South American nation has pledged to cooperate with the United States in combating terrorism, according to the Arabic website Sky News.

The FBI added Mohamed Ahmed Elsayed Ahmed Ibrahim to its most dangerous wanted list on Monday, saying that he is being sought “for questioning in connection with his alleged role as an al-Qaeda facilitator who has allegedly been involved in plotting attacks against the United States and its interests.”

The FBI said that Ibrahim had been “providing material support” to al-Qaeda since 2013. Al-Qaeda is the group that claimed responsibility for the September 11 attacks in New York in 2001.

Ibrahim was born in Egypt in 1977 and is currently living in Brazil.

The FBI also noted that “The Brazilian government is open to cooperating with US authorities on its request, in accordance with our law, and is following the case.”

Security cooperation between the two countries has long been strong, with US and Brazilian officials working closely together on drug and weapons smuggling cases. The United States has long been concerned about suspected militants from organizations such as Hezbollah who live and operate in Brazil.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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