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WTC bomber converts to Christianity – report

By staff writers

October 12, 2007 09:21am

THE mastermind of the first terrorist attack on New York’s World Trade Centre claims to have converted from Islam to Christianity.

Ramzi Yousef, a self-proclaimed Muslim extremist, plotted with others to blow up the twin towers in lower Manhattan. Six people died in the February 26, 1993, bombing.

Yousef was sentenced to life in prison plus 240 years for the New York bombing and another on a Philippines Airlines plane in 1994 in which a Japanese man died.

A report to be broadcast on 60 Minutes in the US this weekend claims Yousef has now converted to Christianity but the former warden of the supermax prison in Colorado has scoffed at the claims.

The prison in Florence houses the nation’s toughest and most infamous criminals, such as Olympic bomber Eric Rudolph, would-be 9/11 terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui, Oklahoma City bomber Terry Nichols and shoe bomber Richard Reid.

60 Minutes obtained exclusive footage of prisoners inside the facility, where special-case prisoners spend 23 hours a day in their cells.

Robert Hood, its warden from 2002 to 2005, told 60 Minutes Yousef was a special case.

He never left his cell because he did not want to face the indignity of a strip search required for recreation, he said.

When told that Yousef had begun leaving his cell and now claimed to be a Christian, Mr Hood said: “He’s playing a game with someone. If he’s doing that, he’s doing it for the reaction … he is the real deal.

As a Muslim, Yousef prayed almost every hour, Mr Hood said.

 

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