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Ramzi Yousef

An FBI mugshot of Ramzi Yousef

Ramzi Yousef (April 27th, 1968 - ) was one of the main perpetrators of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and a co-conspirator of the Bojinka plot. He hoped to kill 250,000 people by toppling the towers into each other, but only killed 6 people, an unborn baby and wounded over a thousand people. In 1995, he was arrested at a guest house in Islamabad, by the Pakistan Inter-Services Intelligence and United States Diplomatic Security Service, then extradited to the United States.

He was tried in New York City in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and along with two co-conspirators was convicted of planning the Bojinka plot. Yousef stated: "Yes, I am a terrorist, and proud of it as long as it is against the U.S. government and against Israel, because you are more than terrorists; you are the one who invented terrorism and using it every day. You are butchers, liars and hypocrites." He was sentenced to two life sentences for his part in the World Trade Center bombing and Bojinka plot.

Yousef's uncle is Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a senior al-Qaeda member accused of being the principal architect of the September 11 attacks. He is also in United States custody.

In 2005, the ADX Florence (where he is housed today) stated that Yousef had given up Islam and converted to Christianity, though many doubt his sincerity.

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