Mar 13 2010
So what if he's an American Muslim, worked at 3 different nuclear power plants, was arrested in Yemen, and has alleged ties to al-Qaeda…
…It doesn’t mean Sharif Mobley is an Islamic terrorist. So don’t jump to conlusions.
A New Jersey man charged in Yemen as an Al Qaeda member worked at nuclear power plants in the U.S., officials said Thursday. Sharif Mobley, a 26-year-old American native of Somali heritage, was arrested in Yemen this month in a roundup of suspected Al Qaeda members.
He was being treated at a hospital in San’a when he killed one guard and wounded another in an escape attempt, officials said.
Before Mobley moved to Yemen two years ago, ostensibly to learn Arabic and study the Koran, he worked for several contractors at three nuclear power plants in New Jersey from 2002 to 2008, PSE&G Nuclear spokesman Joe Delmar said. Mobley carried supplies and did maintenance work at the plants on Artificial Island in Lower Alloways Creek and worked at other plants in the region as well, Delmar said.
Mohammed Albasha, spokesman for the Yemeni Embassy in Washington, said there was no immediate connection between Mobley’s activities or capture in Yemen and his work at the plants. (‘Immediate’ is the operative word here. Heh)
Roman Castro, 25, a high school classmate who served with the Army in Iraq, told the Associated Press that the last time he saw Mobley, about four years ago, Mobley yelled, “Get the hell away from me, you Muslim killer!” DAILY NEWS