Thursday, January 29, 2015

Ex-Old City bar owner a terror suspect

The FBI alleges that Daood Gilani, who briefly ran the old Khyber Pass after his mother left it to him, helped to organize last year's deadly bombings in Mumbai.

Ex-Old City bar owner a terror suspect

More pieces are emerging about David Coleman Headley, who sits in a federal prison in Chicago, charged by the FBI with planning terrorist attacks overseas.

The Inquirer reports that at age 16, he was known as Daood Gilani, the son of Serrill Headley, the Bryn Mawr-bred owner of the old Khyber Pass.

In 1977, Headley took him out of Pakistan, where he attended a military school, and brought him to Philadelphia.

In 1986, his mother gave him the Khyber Pass, which he "ran into the ground," according to Stephen Simons, who now owns the spot, known simply as The Khyber. Mother and son also ran video stores in town.

Michael Klein
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