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Posted: 2/18/2017 5:39:19 PM EDT
‘The Blind Sheikh,’ Tied To ’93 World Trade Center Attack, Dead At 78
Omar Abdel-Rahman also known as the “blind Sheikh,” has died at a prison hospital in North Carolina at age 78, law enforcement sources told CBS2.

Abdel-Rahman inspired the 1993 World Trade Center attack, a plot to blow up local landmarks and issued the Islamic ruling that Osama bin Laden used to justify 9/11.

Rahman was convicted in 1995 for involvement in the bomb plot, which targeted the United Nations, the Holland Tunnel and the Lincoln Tunnel.

Prosecutors said at the time the terror plots were intended to force the United States to end its support of Israel and Egypt.

He also was convicted at the same trial of plotting to kill former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. He defiantly professed his innocence in the plot, declaring: “This case is nothing but an extension of the American war against Islam.”
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