Jama’a al-Islamiya warns US against killing imprisoned leader

“Hell will break loose for the US if Omar Abdel Rahman is killed in prison,” said Safwat Abdel Ghany, member of Jama'a al-Islamiya's consultative council, in a press conference outside the US Embassy in Cairo on Wednesday.

Abdel Rahman, commonly known as the “Blind Sheikh,” is allegedly leader of Jama’a al-Islamiya, a militant Islamist organization in Egypt considered a terrorist group by the US. He is currently serving a life sentence in a US prison for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center Bombings.

The group is also responsible for the November 1997 Luxor massacre, in which 58 foreign tourists and four Egyptians were killed.

“The US is a country of infidels,” Abdel Ghany added. “And our military council must hold it responsible if anything happens to our leader Omar Abdel Rahman.

“He was wrongfully indicted by a Zionist judge,” he continued. “His case concerns the whole Islamic world and not just us.”

Abdel Rahman’s son Assad, for his part, called on all Muslims to support his father.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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