MIRAMAR, Fla. - On a non-descript Broward County street is the home of a woman whose son is one of the FBI's most wanted terrorists. After knocking on the door of the home on SW 27th Street, it takes a moment for a reply to begin a conversation.
"Have you spoken to him in recent years?" "No," is the faint response from the other side of the closed door.
This is the home of Zurah Abdu Akmed. Her son is Adnan El-Shukrijumah. On the FBI's website is video of El-Shukrijumah instructing a class on how to jump start a car battery.
According to a federal indictment released late Wednesday, it was El-Shukrijumah who recruited Najibullah Zazi to detonate explosives on New York City subways last year. The plan never materialized.
Back on SW 27th Street, another question is asked of El-Shukrijumah's mother.
"Do you feel it's unfair that the government is doing this?" "Yes," is the only response.
Jesse Cooper recalled seeing El-Shukrijumah some years ago. He was shocked to learn what his neighbor's son is wanted for.
"It really did, anybody can come in this country, anybody," said Cooper.
El-Shukrijumah is a Saudi native whose name surfaced as a high-level al Qaeda operative as far back as 2003.
Finally, the door opens just a crack.
"Nobody knows the truth, only God," is what is heard.
Next door, Salma Mohammed shows off the latest issue of Al-Hikmat, a Muslim magazine with articles written by religious leaders of all faiths.
"Promoting peace with all other religions, Jews, Christians. We work a lot with them," said Mohammed.
To give you an idea of how much the FBI wants El-Shukrijumah in custody, it's offering a 5-million dollar reward for information leading to his capture.
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