Thursday, March 11, 2010

New Jersey al-Qaeda Sharif Mobley arrested in Yemen

A day before Montco's "Jihad Jane" was introduced to the public, another local was accused of terroristic acts and involvement with Al-Qaeda.  Sharif Mobley, 26, of Buena Borough, N.J. is accused of going on a shooting rampage in a Yemeni hospital on Monday, according to sources.

Yemeni officials claim Mobley is a member of Al-Qaeda and a wanted suspect in several terrorist attacks. Media reports say he was being hospitalized in Sanaa, Yemen for an undetermined health problem when he tried to evade custody, according to the AFP. He was unsuccessful.

He's accused of shooting one police guard to death and seriously injuring another after grabbing a gun from one of the men, the AFP says.  Mobley's parents tell NBC Philadelphia that their son is a "good Muslim and absolutely not a terrorist." They did confirm that FBI agents visited their home and the last time they heard from Sharif was in late January. He was in Yemen at that time, it appears that Sharif Mobley has dual nationality American/Somalia.

FBI spokesman Rich Wolf in Baltimore confirmed Thursday that the agency is looking into the case of 26-year-old Sharif Mobley of Buena but wouldn't comment further. WMGM-TV in Atlantic City quoted "federal sources" as saying Mobley is the man accused of shooting two guards over the weekend in a Yemeni hospital where he was being held prisoner. One of the guards died, and the suspect was caught after a chase.

As his father, Charles Mobley, and his wife pulled out of their driveway on their way to see a lawyer Friday, he said: "I can tell you this: He's no terrorist." Security and hospital officials in Yemen told The Associated Press over the weekend that an al-Qaida prisoner receiving treatment in the Republican Hospital in San'a attacked the guards while trying to escape.

Hospital officials said the patient snatched a gun from one of his guards, shot at them and fled. Security forces chased the prisoner and apprehended him. Their smoke grenades set a small fire in the hospital.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because they were not authorized to speak to journalists. The West has expressed concern about the growing al-Qaida presence in Yemen.

Michael Brothman of Vineland, N.J., said he graduated with Mobley from Buena Regional High School in 2002. He remembered Mobley boasting that he had a black belt in karate, being a fan of anime and being competitive in gym class. "I was kind of shocked when my friend called me about the news reports," Brothman said.

Bill Warner Private Investigator, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM