‘Blind Sheikh’ mastermind of 1993 World Trade Center attack dies in federal prison

The mastermind behind the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center died early Saturday morning, the Federal Bureau of Prisons announced.

Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, also known as the “Blind Sheikh,” died of natural causes at 5:40 a.m. after a long battle with both diabetes and coronary artery disease. The 78-year-old died at Federal Medical Center in Butner, N.C., where he was serving a life sentence.

Rahman was convicted in 1995 of planning terrorist attacks through New York City, Fox News reported.

Rahman, an Egyptian, traveled to Afghanistan in the mid-1980s, where he met former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who credited the sheikh as being the inspiration behind the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

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