AL`Qaeda suspect worked at US N-plants before arrest in Yemen`

A US-born suspected al-Qaeda member, who is currently in Yemeni custody, had worked as a labourer at several American nuclear plants where spoke openly of `jihad`.

Last Updated: Oct 05, 2010, 21:35 PM IST

New York: A US-born suspected al-Qaeda member, who is currently in Yemeni custody, had worked as a labourer at several American nuclear plants where spoke openly of `jihad`.

Citing a report from the Inspector General of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the New York Times quoted Sharif Mobley, the suspect, as saying: "We are brothers in the union, but if a holy war comes, look out."

Fellow nuclear plant workers said that Mobley had referred to non-Muslims as "infidels" and had visited "unusual" websites on his personal computer, including one showing a mushroom cloud, it said.
The 26-year-old, who was born in America, worked as a labourer between 2002 and 2008 at six nuclear plants in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland. After going to Yemen, Mobley who is from New Jersey reportedly got attached to al-Qaeda forces operating in the region. He is currently in Yemeni custody and faces murder charges for fatally shooting a guard while trying to escape.

The report by Inspector General of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Hubert T Bell, was commissioned by Senator Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat, to detect "behaviours associated with terrorist intent," The Times said.

In a statement, Schumer said that the Mobley case "showed that we had to devise and implement a much tougher security system to protect our nuclear plants from infiltration."
The report recommends several precautionary measures including disclosure of any foreign travel by nuclear plant employees so that they could be questioned about their
Overseas trips.

PTI