Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 22 October 2019

FBI seeks to question Al Qaeda operative in Brazil

Mohamed Ahmed Elsayed Ahmed Ibrahim was added to the FBI's most wanted list on Monday

The FBI seal is seen outside the headquarters building in Washington, US. AFP
The FBI seal is seen outside the headquarters building in Washington, US. AFP

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking to question an Egyptian in Brazil for allegedly helping Al Qaeda plan attacks on the United States.

Mohamed Ahmed Elsayed Ahmed Ibrahim was added to the FBI's most wanted list on Monday over his "alleged role as an Al Qaeda operative and facilitator who has allegedly been involved in plotting attacks against the US and its interests".

Brazil has pledged to co-operate with the US in any way it can. Brazil's ministries of justice and foreign affairs said on Monday that the Egyptian had entered the country in 2018 and was a legal resident.

The FBI said Mr Ibrahim, born in 1977, had been "providing material support" since about 2013 for Al Qaeda.

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro is working to forge closer ties with US President Donald Trump, an ideological ally who has proposed a bilateral trade pact between the two largest economies in the Americas.

The US has long been concerned about suspected militants from organisations such as Hezbollah who live and operate in Brazil.

Updated: August 14, 2019 11:58 AM

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