Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We Have the Sniper; FBI 'Certain' Gulf War Veteran Who Converted to Islam Is Man Behind Killings

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We Have the Sniper; FBI 'Certain' Gulf War Veteran Who Converted to Islam Is Man Behind Killings

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Byline: JAMES LANGTON

THE SPREE of sniper killings around Washington has ended with the arrests of an American Gulf War veteran and his 17-year-old stepson, FBI agents said today.

Murder charges are expected later today and a senior FBI source said he was "reasonably certain" former soldier John Mohammad, 42, and John Lee Malvo were responsible for the rampage that has left 10 dead in and seriously wounded three others since 2 October.

Mohammad - a convert to Islam who was once based at an army camp with a sniper school - and Malvo were seized before dawn as they slept in a car only miles from the scene of at least six killings.

Agents from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Tobacco surrounded the blue and burgundy Chevvy Caprice after it was spotted by a driver in a lay-by on Interstate 95, the motorway believed to have been used for quick getaway in most of the attacks.

The two suspects were found outside-Frederick, Maryland, and taken for questioning by the Montgomery County sniper task force.

Disturbing links have emerged linking Mohammad to a private training camp in Marion, Alabama, that specialises in urban warfare and house-to-house fighting and is thought to have been visited by extreme Islamic groups.

The camp, Ground Zero USA, was searched by federal agents in connection with the sniper attacks.

It is said to have been used by British Muslims in courses known as the Ultimate Jihad Challenge. A British man, Sulayman Bilal Zainulabidin, who ran a website promoting the challenge, was cleared of terrorism charges in August.

Other reports said a fingerprint on a note sent to police investigating the sniper killings matched one found after a woman was shot dead during an off-licence robbery in Alabama last month. Police said the gun used did not match the Washington sniper's weapon but a Photofit of the suspect matched the description of Mohammad. …

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