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Omar Abdel Rahman, imprisoned ‘blind sheikh’ linked to terrorist efforts, dies at 78

February 19, 2017 12:02 AM
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Omar Abdel Rahman, imprisoned ‘blind sheikh’ linked to terrorist efforts, dies at 78

Omar Abdel Rahman, the Egyptian-born “blind sheikh” and spiritual leader who was convicted in 1995 of being a mastermind of terrorist plots against the United States, and who was called the “godfather” of radical Islamist movements, died Feb. 18 at a federal prison in Butner, N.C., where he was serving a life sentence. He was 78.

Kenneth McKoy, a Bureau of Prisons official, confirmed the death to the Associated Press. The cause was diabetes and heart disease.

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