Authorities say Omar Abdel-Rahman, the extremist Muslim cleric known as ''the blind sheikh'' convicted of conspiracy in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, has died. Nathan Frandino reports.
Officials say Omar Abdel-Rahman died of natural causes at a federal prison in North Carolina on Saturday. The extremist Muslim cleric known as "the blind sheikh" had been serving a life sentence for conspiracy in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. That attack on February 26, 1993 killed six people and injured more than a 1,000 others. It also made Americans realize they were not immune to international attacks. He was also convicted of plotting the assassination of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarek and others as well as synchronized bombings throughout New York City. Even while in prison, Abdel-Rahman was a spiritual leader for radical Muslims. His followers included Osama bin Laden, whose al Qaeda fighters pulled off the September 11, 2001 attacks that killed almost 3,000 people in the U.S. Abdel-Rahman was 78 years old.