• Former Mansfield resident added to Most Wanted Terrorists list


    BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- An alleged co-conspirator to a Sudbury man convicted for providing support to Al Qaeda has been added to the list of the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists List.

    Vincent Lisi, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Boston Division announced the addition of former Mansfield resident Ahmad Abousamra to the list Wednesday.
    The FBI offered a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to Abousamra's capture and return to the U.S. in October 2012.

    Abousamra, who was born in France and is of Syrian descent, fled the United States in 2006 shortly after being interviewed by the FBI.

    The FBI says the 32-year-old is an associate of Tarek Mehanna, a Sudbury man convicted on four terrorism charges and sentenced this year to 17½ years in prison.

    Abousamra was indicted in 2009 after taking multiple trips to Pakistan and Yemen, where he attempted to obtain military training for the purpose of killing American soldiers overseas, the FBI said. Investigators claim he also traveled to Iraq in the hope of joining forces fighting against the United States, but the exact nature of his activities there is unknown.

    Prosecutors said during Mehanna's trial that Mehanna and Abousamra had failed to find a terrorist training camp.

    Authorities believe Abousamra may be living in Aleppo, Syria, with extended family, his wife, and at least one daughter. He has a number of known aliases, which include Ahmad Abou-Samra, Ahmad Abou, Ahmad Abou Samira, Ahmad Samra, Ahmad Abu Samra, and Ahmad Abou Samra.
    For more information regarding the FBI's search for Ahmad Abousamra, go to Boston.FBI.gov. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call the FBI's Boston Division at 617-742-5533 on at https://tips.fbi.gov. Tips can also be made to local FBI offices or by calling the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

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