'Dirty Harry' meets Abu Hamza, on a stool

LONDON, July 2 (UPI) -- British fears terror suspect Abu Hamza's signature metal hooks may be dangerous has led to new hooks being made and a personal bottom wiper retained.

Yemen seeks Abu Hamza's extradition

SANAA, Yemen, May 29 (UPI) -- The Yemeni government said Saturday it will renew demands for the extradition from Britain of a Muslim cleric wanted by the United States on terror charges.

Ex-London imam charged in United States

WASHINGTON, May 27 (UPI) -- A Muslim cleric has been arrested in London on U.S. terrorism charges, Attorney General John Ashcroft said Thursday in Manhattan.

Radical Muslim cleric arrested in London

LONDON, May 27 (UPI) -- Radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri was arrested in London Thursday under a U.S. extradition warrant on charges related to terrorism, the BBC reports.

U.K. effort to deport radical imam delayed

LONDON, April 27 (UPI) -- Britain's effort to deport a Muslim cleric whose distinctive hooked hand has become a national symbol of radical Islam, has stalled again.

Muslim cleric fights British deportation

LONDON, April 26 (UPI) -- A radical Muslim cleric who endorses suicide terrorism began his legal fight to remain in England Monday, Sky News reported.

Where is Osama bin Laden?

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Two years after the terrorist attacks on the United States, Osama bin-Laden, the world's most-wanted terrorist, remains in Afghanistan, Newsweek said Sunday.

British Muslin cleric had al-Qaida ties

LONDON, June 25 (UPI) -- The London Telegraph says a militant London-based Muslim cleric, Abu Hamza, maintained close contact with leaders of the al-Qaida terrorist network.

Taliban ally to help U.S. investigators

SEATTLE, April 14 (UPI) -- A Seattle man pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to help the Taliban after striking a deal to assist anti-terrorism investigators for the next 10 years in exchange for a lighter prison sentence, the Justice Department announced.

Report:Denver man to testify in Qaida case

SEATTLE, July 31 (UPI) -- A former Seattle community activist was transferred to Virginia to testify before a federal grand jury investigating al Qaida's alleged terrorist activities in the United States, it was reported Wednesday.

Report: Spy says al Qaida scouted US base

SEATTLE, July 30 (UPI) -- A British intelligence operative who infiltrated a London mosque to keep an eye on a noted Muslim radical confirmed that two men with links to al Qaida scouted out a remote Oregon ranch in 1999 as a possible site for a terrorist training camp inside the U
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Abu Hamza al-Masri (Arabic: أبو حمزة المصري, Abū Ḥamzah al-Maṣrī) (born 15 April 1958) is a former night club bouncer and Egyptian Sunni activist known for his preaching of a violent and politicised interpretation of Islam, also known as militant Islamism or jihadism. He is currently in prison in the United Kingdom.

Abu Hamza al-Masri was born in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1958. He is the son of a middle class army officer. In 1979, he entered the UK on a student visa. Masri's initial reaction to life in Britain was to describe it as "a paradise, where you could do anything you wanted.". He studied civil engineering at Brighton Polytechnic.

On 16 May 1980, he married Valerie Traverso (now Fleming), a Catholic convert to Islam, and had a son, Mohammed Mustafa Kamel whom Masri later separated from his mother when he was just four-years-old. She did not see him again for 12 years. He acquired British citizenship following three years of marriage and acquired a job as a bouncer for a peep show in Soho, London. In 1984, he divorced his wife. Supporters suggest that this occurred because he found out she had failed to divorce her previous husband until 1982. However, his former wife has blamed the divorce on Masri having an affair with a prostitute.

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