Al-Qaeda member charged in Newfoundlander’s death

Cpl. Jamie Murphy killed by suicide bomber in Afghanistan 10 years ago

Published on June 5, 2014
Painting of Newfoundland soldier Cpl. Jamie Murphy who died in Afghanistan on Jan. 27, 2004. — Photo by Andrew Robinson/The Telegram

A man described by the American government as a senior member of the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda has been charged in the death of a Canadian solider from Newfoundland and Labrador.

A member of the Royal Canadian Regiment, Cpl. Jamie Murphy was killed by a suicide bomber while station in Afghanistan on Jan. 27, 2004. The 26-year-old was from Conception Harbour.

On Tuesday, the Department of Defense announced Abd al Hadi al Iraqi will face dozens of charges claiming he helped orchestrate a series of attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries from 2001 to 2006.

Amongst those incidents mentioned in the document listing the charges is the one that took Murphy’s life. Abd al Hadi is accused of providing the suicide bomber to a co-conspirator that was ultimately used to target Murphy’s convoy. An explosive vest was detonated and killed Murphy instantly. Three other Royal Canadian Regiment members were injured.

Abd al Hadi has been detained at a facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for several years. A military judge will hear his case.