Status: Detained (1998)
Organisation/s: Al-Qaeda (in East Africa)
Travel History: Jordan; Saudi Arabia; Afghanistan; Pakistan (1990); Somalia; Kenya
Skills/Education/Occupation: Diploma in architecture; explosives expert
Mohammed Saddiq Odeh was born in Saudi Arabia and later moved to Jordan where he was allegedly involved in the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO). Odeh allegedly traveled to Pakistan and Afghanistan in 1990 where he spent two years training in Al-Qaeda bases, acquiring expertise in explosives. Odeh was deployed to Somalia in 1993 with Fazul Abdullah Mohammed by Saif al-Adel to assist in training Al-Itihaad al-Islamiya and tend to other operational and logistical activities. By 1994, Odeh had already been given starting capital by Mohammed Atef to establish several businesses that would assist in funding Al-Qaeda’s operations along with Wadih el Hage and Abu Ubaidah al-Banshiri.
In 1998, Odeh was arrested in Pakistan where he confessed to his involvement in the U.S embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. Odeh was extradited to the United States where he was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2001.