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Zainelabdeen Ibrahim Omer, a Sudanese national residing in Sarasota, contacted Sarasota police in the middle of the night, Sept 10/11 2001, with a chilling story.

A friend of his named "Gandi," or "Ghandi" he said, who had made violent threats against President Bush in the past, had just unexpectedly showed up in Sarasota. "Ghandi" reportedly told Omer he was in town to get a friend out of jail. But since the President was staying in Sarasota too, Omer feared that there was a connection.

“The warning of imminent danger was delivered in the middle of the night to Secret Service agents in Sarasota guarding the President,” reported Monica Yadov on the Sarasota ABC affiliate’s evening newscast. “The warning, “Yadov noted, “came exactly four hours and thirty-eight minutes before Mohamed Atta flew an airliner into the World Trade Center.”

The Sarasota police immediately called in Secret Service agents guarding the President, who was spending the night at the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort on Longboat Key, a long narrow island just off Sarasota. Within hours Secret Service agents were searching an apartment in Sarasota, where they took a number of Sudanese men into custody.

Later, the Secret Service dismissed the warning as "just coincidental" to Sept 11.


Zainelabdeen Ibrahim Omer, DOB 1/17/1967, see Sarasota Police report above, was living on Parliament St in San Antonio Texas in June of 2001 and appears to have moved to 2566 Hunters Glen Sarasota Fl (apartment complex) sometime prior to the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks

Three occupants from Sudan were questioned for the next ten hours, according to one, Fathel Rahman Omer. The Secret Service also raided a beauty supply store in Sarasota, owned by one “Hakim,” who identified the mysterious “Ghandi” as a member of the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army, itself closely allied with the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

Monica Yadav of Sarasota’s ABC News 40 reported that a few days after the Secret Service visit, the beauty supply store was closed up and Hakim was long gone. Yadav also learned that Zainlabdeen Omer had suddenly quit his jobs and vacated his apartment. “All I know is he can’t leave town,” a friend of Omer’s told Yadav. “Omer got in a lot of trouble with the law.”

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