Egypt’s Gamaa Islamiya, or Islamic Group, had posted on its website on Saturday a notice mourning the death of Ahmed Abdel Rahman, the son of the “Blind Sheik” now serving a life sentence in the U.S. for his involvement in a plot to blow up New York city landmarks.
Abdel Rahman was the spiritual leader of the Gamaa, as well as of the men convicted in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
The group said that Ahmed had gone to Afghanistan at the age of 14 with the sheik’s other sons to fight against the Soviet Union, which occupied the country in the 1980s. The others eventually left, but he remained.
The group did not say when the strike took place. The last two days have seen an uptick in U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan, but close to the Afghan border.
The Gamaa Islamiya was a militant organization that fought the regime of President Hosni Mubarak in a bloody insurgency in the 1990s, seeking to establish an Islamic state in Egypt.
It eventually declared a unilateral cease-fire and since Mubarak’s overthrow in an uprising earlier this year has operated openly, attempting to form a political party advocating a strict interpretation of Islamic law.
So, after a cease fire was called we sent in the drones… nice work USA…