Tawfiq bin Attash

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Tawfiq bin Attash, aka Khallad, is an Al Qaeda member of long standing.

He was first suspected of being a member of the network in August 1998, when investigators learned he had assigned Mohamed Rashed Daoud Al-Owhali to bomb the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya.

In January 2000 bin Attash attended the 2000 Al Qaeda Summit, wherein he met with two of the September 11, 2001 hijackers. Bin Attash claimed to be in Malaysia to take delivery of a prosthesis (his leg had been amputated below the knee following an injury in the Afghan-Soviet War).

In October 2000 bin Attash was identified as the mastermind behind the USS Cole bombing which took place in Aden, Yemen.

Bin Attash was captured by U.S. forces in May 2003 in Karachi, Pakistan.

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