Khalid Ahmed Showky Al-Islambouli was born on 15 January 1955 in Egypt. He was Egyptian army officer who planned and participated in the assassination of Egypt’s third president, Anwar Sadat, during the annual 6thOctober victory parade on 6 October 1981. Islambouli stated that his primary motivation for the assassination was Sadat’s signing of the Camp David Accords with the State of Israel. He was tried by military tribunal, found guilty, and sentenced to death. Following his execution, Islambouli was declared a martyr by many fundamentalists in the Islamic world, and became an inspirational symbol for radical Islamic movements as one of the first modern martyrs for Islam.
Islambouli’s father was an Egyptian legal advisor and his mother was of Turkish descent. After graduating from the Egyptian Military Academy, he was accepted as an officer in the Bombardment Forces of the Egyptian Army with the rank of Lieutenant. Sometimes after this appointment, Islambouli joined the proscribed Egyptian Islamic Jihad movement.