Hyderabad: The US deported  Al Qaeda terrorist, Mohammed Ibrahim Zubair, to India on 21 May. The FBI had arrested Zubair in 2015 on charges of providing financial support to an Al Qaeda leader. Zubair had studied in Hyderabad for three years.

Zubair, his brother Yahya Farooq Mohammad, along with Asif Ahmed Salim and his brother Sultane Room Salim have been indicted on charges of providing material support and resources to terrorists. According to reports, these four were indicted on one count of conspiracy to provide and conceal material support and resources to terrorists and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice.

A special flight will bring Zubair to India, where, after his arrival, he will be placed in a quarantine facility. After completing the mandated quarantine period, he will be handed over to the security agencies for interrogation.

Zubair studied engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign from 2001 to 2005. He moved to Ohio in 2006 and married a US citizen, becoming a legal permanent resident of the United States. In 2015, he was arrested for providing funds to Anwar Al-Awlaki, who was then a key Al Qaeda leader, to support jihad against the US. Al-Awlaki was charged with attempted terror attacks and was later designated a terrorist. He was shot by a US drone in 2011, according to reports.

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