Exemplars of International Terrorism in the Early 1990sMahmud AbouhalimaSignificance: World Trade Center bomber.Background: Mahmud Abouhalima was born in a ramshackle industrial suburb 15 miles southof Alexandria in 1959, the first of four sons of a poor but stern millman, a powerful weight lifter.Mahmud was known as an ordinary, well-rounded, cheerful youth who found comfort inreligion. He prayed hard and shunned alcohol. He studied education at Alexandria Universityand played soccer in his spare time. He developed a deep and growing hatred for Egypt becauseof his belief that the country offered little hope for his generation’s future. As a teenager, hebegan to hang around with members of an outlawed Islamic Group (al-Jama al-Islamiyya),headed by Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman. In 1981 Abouhalima quit school and left Egypt. Hereportedly fought against the Soviets in Afghanistan. In September 1991, now an Afghanveteran, he was granted a tourist visa to visit Germany. In Munich he sought political asylum,
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