Member of the New York-based al Qaeda cell, the Buffalo Six
Pleaded guilty to providing support to a foreign terrorist organization
Mukhtar Al-Bakri was a member of a cell of al Qaeda terrorists based in Lackawanna, New York (near Buffalo). The cell is commonly known as the Buffalo Six or Lackawanna Six. All of its members were recruited by Kamal Derwish and hailed from a community of approximately 3,000 Yemeni Muslim residents of Lackawanna.
In early 2001 Al-Bakri traveled to Afghanistan, where he visited the Al-Farooq al Qaeda training camp near Kandahar and was schooled in the use of weapons; he was present on one occasion when Osama bin Laden visited the camp and addressed its trainees.
Al-Bakri was arrested in September 2002 by U.S. authorities. Investigators searched his home and found a rifle, a telescopic sight instrument, and a cassette tape that they said "asks Allah to give Jews and their [American] enablers a black day." On Al-Bakri’s computer, the investigators found an email he had written describing a terrorist plot called "Big Meal," which was to have used explosives. "The next meal will be very huge," the email read. "No one will be able to withstand it except those with faith."