FBI ups reward to $5 million for the 'Bomb Man', at large since 1980s
WASHINGTON — The State Department has announced the reward for the capture of Hussein
Mohammed Al Umari, known as Abu Ibrahim. Known as the "Bomb
Man," Abu Ibrahim has been accused of several attacks in the 1980s and was indicted on
charges of blowing up a U.S. airliner in 1982.
As late as 2004, Abu Ibrahim was believed to have still been in Iraq.
Officials said Abu Ibrahim, said to have been trained in the former Soviet
Union, helped establish a bomb factory in the northern city of Mosul.
Ibrahim was said to have helped a range of Palestinian insurgency
groups, including the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the
Fatah-sponsored Black September and the Iraqi-sponsored May 15. France has
indicted Abu Ibrahim for bombings in Paris.
"A Sunni Muslim who doesn’t drink or gamble, Al Umari is said to
enjoy smoking Cuban cigars," the FBI said on Nov. 24.
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Abu Ibrahim, 73, was identified as head of the May 15 organization. The
U.S. move increased the reward for his capture from $200,000 to $5 million.
Officials said the increased reward could help in efforts to find Abu
Ibrahim, who appears on the FBI's most-wanted list. They said the FBI has
been assigned the responsibility to arrest Abu Ibrahim, who for years lived
In 2009, Abu Ibrahim was said to be in Lebanon. Lebanon does not have an
extradition arrangement with the United States.