FBI updates its most wanted terrorists list - FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports

FBI updates its most wanted terrorists list

Updated:
Federal Bureau of Investigation Federal Bureau of Investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) - An American suspected of operating with terrorists in Somalia has been added to the FBI's list of most wanted terrorists.

The FBI on Wednesday placed Omar Shafik Hammami, formerly of Alabama, on its list. Officials believe Hammami is a senior leader in the Somalia-based terror group al-Shabab, which has links to al-Qaida. He faces charges in Alabama of providing material support to terrorists. The FBI also added to the list a Filipino man who officials say is the head of a local terror group and was involved in the 1993 kidnapping of an American in the Philippines.

There are currently 31 people on the list.

The recent additions represent an administrative update and is less a signal of any new, urgent need to find these men, officials said. The list was created one month after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and nominations to the list are made through the FBI's counterterrorism division. A person must be under criminal indictment to be placed on the list.

Hammami has long been a concern among U.S. counterterrorism officials because of his reach with English-speaking audiences and ability to inspire Americans to engage in terrorism. In May, the 28-year-old wrote in an online autobiography that he had a privileged childhood in Alabama before he joined the al-Qaida linked militants. He said his bad temperament runs in his family and that he showed anger to his teachers when he was in kindergarten. Earlier this year, Hammami said he thought his life was in danger because of disagreements with other militants.

Hammami's father, who lives in Daphne, Ala., said his son's addition to the FBI's list of most wanted terrorists is out of his hands.

"I cannot say anything or do anything to change the situation," Shafik Hammami said.

Also Wednesday, the FBI added an Afghan man to its list of people about whom the bureau is seeking information. The FBI wants to talk to Shaykh Aminullah because of his ties to the Pakistan-based terror organization, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba. Officials have no information about Aminullah regarding specific planning of attacks on Americans, FBI spokeswoman Lindsay Godwin said. Aminullah has not been charged in the U.S. with any crimes. In 2009, he was placed on the Treasury Department's list of designated terrorists, blocking any assets he has in the U.S. and banning Americans from doing business with him.

___

Online:

http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/wanted_terrorists

http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/terrorinfo

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Powered by WorldNow

Fox 8 WVUE-TV
Louisiana Media Company, LLC.
1025 S. Jefferson Davis Parkway
New Orleans, LA 70125

General Number: (504) 486-6161
News Tips: (504) 483-1503
News Room Fax: (504) 483-1543

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WVUE. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
WVUE's Public Inspection File can now be accessed online. To access the online public inspection file click here: https://stations.fcc.gov/station-profile/wvue-dt.