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Authorities name 5th 'suicide terrorist'

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The U.S. released a videotape of five suspected al Qaeda members.


WASHINGTON (CNN) -- U.S. authorities have identified the fifth, previously unknown suspected "suicide terrorist" showcased on a videotape released by the Justice Department last week.

In a news conference Friday afternoon, Attorney General John Ashcroft identified the fifth man as 36-year-old Al Rauf Bin Al Habib Bin Yousef al-Jiddi, but said the suspect goes by several aliases. Other law enforcement sources identified him as Abderraouf Jdey.

Ashcroft said the man is a Tunisian native who became a Canadian citizen in 1995. Ashcroft identified al-Jiddi and four other men highlighted in video and photos as members of Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network.

The other four -- identified as Abd Al-Rahim, Muhammad Sa'id Ali Hasan, Khalid Ibn Muhammad Al-Juhani and Ramzi Binalshibh -- were named at a Justice Department news conference on January 17. At that time, the Justice Department put out a nationwide warning that the five men had stated "in their 'last will' ... their intent to become martyrs."

 If you have information on the suspects
In the United States:
Call your local FBI office
(listed under Federal agencies in the telephone book)

In another country:
Contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate

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The Justice Department releases silent video of five suspected terrorists

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Videos of the men were found in the Afghan house of al Qaeda leader Mohamed Atef, killed in a U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan in November, according to U.S. officials.

"Our initial analysis indicated the videpotape depicted young men delivering what appeared to be martyrdom messages," Ashcroft said.

Further searches of Atef's house by U.S. military personnel unearthed a suicide letter from al-Jiddi and an attached photograph, Ashcroft said. The letter, coupled with "hundreds of leads from conscientious citizens worldwide," and help from Canadian authorities, led the Justice Department to al-Jiddi's identity, he said.

Al-Jiddi may have used as many as six aliases, according to law enforcement authorities. His last known address was in Montreal, Quebec, and he was issued a passport in 1999.

Under the name Abderraouf Jdey, al-Jiddi was issued a passport in 1999. Ashcroft said al-Jiddi may be traveling with another Canadian citizen of Tunisian origin, Faker Boussora.

Authorities know little about the other four men, Ashcroft said. Binalshibh was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the government's indictment against Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person thus far charged in direct connection with the September 11 terrorist attacks.

- CNN National Correspondent Susan Candiotti contributed to this report.



 
 
 
 



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