Officials from Broward College, a two-year institution in Florida, spent Monday dispelling erroneous media reports that a terrorist was an instructor at the college in the mid-1990s. Adnan Shukrijumah, whom recent media reports identify as the new “head of global operations” for al-Qaida, attended Broward from summer 1996 to summer 1998 under the name “Jumah A. El-Chukri.” He majored in chemistry but did not graduate. Shukrijumah was indicted earlier this year for plotting suicide bomb attacks on New York City’s subway system in 2009. His current whereabouts are unknown.
Correcting recent news stories that mistakenly reported that Shukrijumah had been a professor at the college, an official Broward press release states, “at no time was this person employed by Broward College.” Of the media mix-up, J. David Armstrong Jr., Broward president, said, “Unfortunately, everytime something about this story comes up, we get dragged back into it. To our knowledge, we have not had any contact with him since he was a student, more than a decade ago. It is deplorable that misinformation about his connection to the college has been repeated in the media without any verification. We support the FBI and other officials in their efforts to find him, and as was reported by CNN, one of our professors who remembered him from 14 years ago apparently was instrumental in helping the FBI identify him through a tape recording of him taken in class.”