|Born:||June 25, 1966|
|Affiliation:||Habib Marwan's terrorist cell|
|Played by:||Faran Tahir|
|First episode:||Season 4 Prequel|
|Last episode:||"Day 4: 7:00am-8:00am"|
Before Day 4
- View Tomas Sherek's profile at Character profiles.
A known terrorist working with a number of groups operating outside Istanbul, Turkey, Sherek was accused of co-ordinating a number of suicide bombings at unnamed locations, including the Continental Hotel in Gaza, during the summer prior to Day 4, and in his earlier days at CTU Jack Bauer had connected him to a series of complicated bombings in Europe during the 1990s.
Sherek acquired help to enter the U.S. via Mexico just before Day 4. He murdered three of the men who smuggled him into the country to cover his tracks. Sherek's primary objective was the kidnapping of Secretary of Defense James Heller. He also helped coordinate the planning of the Santa Clarita valley train bombing.
Following the bombing at 7am, CTU agent Chloe O'Brian heard from a source that Sherek, listed on the FBI watchlist, had been spotted in Los Angeles prior to the attack. Chloe gave fellow agent Sarah Gavin the responsibility of tracking Sherek, and a CTU briefing concluded that he would attempt to leave the United States following the train attack.
Sherek called Navi Araz at his home to inform him that the train bombing was a success, and that a briefcase containing a Dobson-type override device had been secured for Marwan's operation. Sherek then went to hide at a dry cleaning store operated by Maurice Landstrass. Sarah Gavin tracked Sherek to the store, which was owned by a Turkish holding company. CTU Director of Field Operations Ronnie Lobell apprehended Sherek there.
On his return to CTU, Jack Bauer attempted to convince CTU Director Erin Driscoll that a terrorist of Sherek's stature wouldn't risk exposing himself in the United States for a train bombing. Driscoll ignored this, and an interrogation by Lobell yielded nothing but silence from Sherek. Jack, using earlier intelligence discovered by Chloe and Sarah about a possible terrorist action at 8am, lost patience with CTU's lack of progress. Knocking out a guard and locking himself into the interrogation room, Jack extracted a confession from Sherek by shooting him just above the knee. Sherek broke and revealed that the 8am target was indeed Secretary Heller, confirming Jack's suspicions that another terrorist strike was imminent.
- Tomas Sherek: I'm in the U.S. (Season 4 Prequel)
- Jack Bauer: What is your primary objective?
- Tomas Sherek: Secretary of Defense! ("Day 4: 7:00am-8:00am")