U.S. Seeks First Ever Extradition Of Hamas Bomber Who Killed Americans

Thursday, March 16, 2017
By Paul Martin

16 Mar 2017

TEL AVIV – In a first, the U.S. has issued an extradition request for a Jordanian woman charged with the killing of Americans in a Jerusalem bombing during the Second Intifada.

In 2003, Ahlam Aref Ahmad Al-Tamimi pleaded guilty to terrorism charges in an Israeli court over the bombing of the Sbarro pizzeria in 2001, which claimed the lives of 15 people and injured more than 130 others. Two of those killed were U.S. citizens. Al-Tamimi was sentenced to life imprisonment but released eight years later in 2011 as part of a prisoner exchange with Hamas for IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.

Officials from the U.S. Justice Department charged Al-Tamimi with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction against American nationals, and requested Jordan extradite her to stand trial in the U.S.

Al-Tamimi, a Hamas operative, led a suicide bomber thought to be carrying ten kilos of explosives in a rigged guitar to the Jerusalem restaurant.

Mary McCord, the acting head of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, said Al-Tamimi was an “unrepentant terrorist.”

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