Friday, September 28, 2001
Hijack suspect profiles
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AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT 11
Crashed into North Tower of the World Trade Center
92 on board
* Mohamed Atta, 33, possibly an Egyptian national, has emerged as a key link among the 19 men. He is believed to have been at the controls of Flight 11 when it hit the World Trade Center and has been linked to hijackers on two of the three other planes. Investigators say Atta was part of a terrorist cell in Hamburg, Germany, and received flight training in Florida. In the months before the attack, he met with Islamic extremists in Spain, inquired about crop-dusters in Florida, conferred with an Iraqi intelligence agent in Europe and skipped a court date in Florida for driving without a license.
* Waleed M. Alshehri, believed to be from Saudi Arabia, has used birth dates from 1974 to 1979 on various documents. The FBI lists his possible residences as Hollywood, Orlando and Daytona Beach, Fla. Immediately after the attacks, he was identified as a Saudi commercial pilot who graduated in 1997 from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach. But school officials said the FBI told them they had found the Waleed Alshehri who graduated from their school alive in Morocco. The Alshehri who helped hijack Flight 11 may have lived for a time at a boarding house in Vienna, Va., near CIA headquarters.
* Wail M. Alshehri, 33, may have lived in Hollywood, Fla., and Newton, Mass., according to the FBI. It's not known if he's related to Waleed M. Alshehri, although Saudi newspapers have reported that they're brothers and that family members believed they were on a pilgrimage to the holy city of Medina, Saudi Arabia.
* Satam M. Al Suqami, 26, is possibly a Saudi national whose last known address was the United Arab Emirates. Florida records show he obtained a driver's license, listing a Boynton Beach address and reporting that his previous license was from Saudi Arabia.
* Abdulaziz Alomari, believed to be a Saudi national, has used birth dates in 1972 and 1979 on various documents, according to the FBI. Saudi Embassy officials in Washington have challenged his identity. They say a Saudi electrical engineer named Abdulaziz Alomari reported his passport and other papers stolen in 1996 in Denver when he was a student. Witnesses have identified Alomari as one of five hijackers who were at the Arlington, Va., Department of Motor Vehicles on Aug. 2. DMV officials said all five were at the office seeking Virginia identity cards.
UNITED AIRLINES FLIGHT 175
Crashed into South Tower of the World Trade Center
65 on board
* Marwan Al-Shehhi, 23, is a cousin or nephew of Mohamed Atta and is believed to have been the pilot of Flight 175. He and Atta lived together during flight training in Florida and while students at the Technical University in Hamburg, Germany. While in Germany, he told his family he wasn't coming back to the United Arab Emirates, where he was born. His mother once said that she felt someone was listening to their calls and threatening him to keep him from returning. A relative said Al-Shehhi was the son of a Muslim cleric who died two years ago. The relative described Al-Shehhi as extremely religious.
* Fayez Rashid Ahmed Hassan Al Qadi Banihammad used a half-dozen different aliases, according to the FBI. One alias, Fayez Ahmed, is a pilot who listed Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa as his address on his license. School officials say they have no record that he attended and that he could have gotten the address from publications or the Internet. Immigration records show that Fayez Ahmed visited the Philippines once in 2000.
* Ahmed Alghamdi has been identified by witnesses as one of five hijackers who were at the Arlington, Va., Department of Motor Vehicles on Aug. 2. DMV officials said all five were there seeking Virginia identity cards. FBI records show that Alghamdi apparently lived briefly in northern Virginia. Immigration records in the Philippines show he made several visits during the past two years. U.S. officials say Alghamdi and three other hijackers - Waleed Alshehri, Saeed Alghamdi and Hamza Alghamdi - have links to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network.
* Hamza Alghamdi has used at least four aliases and may have lived in Delray Beach, Fla., according to the FBI. Little more is known about him, although U.S. officials have said he's one of four hijackers with known links to bin Laden's network.
* Mohand Alshehri also may have lived in Delray Beach. The FBI lists three aliases he may have used.
AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT 77
Crashed into Pentagon
64 on board
* Hani Hanjour, 29, is believed to have been the pilot of Flight 77. Hanjour and other hijackers took flight training in San Diego and Phoenix, lived in an apartment in Paterson, N.J., and rented at least three cars in nearby Wayne, N.J. Hanjour was one of five hijackers identified by witnesses as being at the Arlington, Va., Department of Motor Vehicles on Aug. 2 arranging for state identity cards. A Hani Hanjoor - different spelling of the last name but likely the same man - received a commercial pilot's license in 1999, listing Saudi Arabia as his address. He lived in Tucson for 13 months in the early 1990s.
* Majed Moqed, 24, is possibly a Saudi national, according to the FBI. He and the other four hijackers of Flight 77 worked out at Gold's Gym in Greenbelt, Md., between Sept. 2 and Sept. 6. The men purchased weeklong memberships, according to Gene LaMott, president and CEO of the workout chain. Moqed also was seen in two stores in Maryland's Washington suburbs looking over adult videos and books, although employees say he made no purchases. Moqed was one of five hijackers who went to the Arlington, Va., Department of Motor Vehicles on Aug. 2 seeking state identity cards.
* Khalid Almihdhar, 26, from Saudia Arabia, is one of two hijackers placed on a watch list this summer after U.S. intelligence officials received information that they might have been meeting with suspected terrorists. By the time they were placed on the list, however, they were already in the United States. Almihdhar was shown on a surveillance videotape in Malaysia meeting with one of the suspects in the bombing of the destroyer USS Cole in Yemen. An FBI notice to banks on Sept. 19 raised the possibility that Almihdhar might still be alive without speculating or explaining how that could be possible.
* Nawaf Alhazmi, believed to be from Saudi Arabia, is the other hijacker on the terrorist watch list before the attacks. Alhazmi, Hanjour and Almihdhar lived in the San Diego area during 2000, renting rooms from Abdussattar Shaikh, a local Muslim leader. Alhamzi had Fort Lee, N.J., and Wayne, N.J., mailbox drop addresses. A car registered to Alhazmi was found at Dulles International Airport the day after the attacks. It contained a cashier's check made out to a flight school in Phoenix; four drawings of the cockpit of a 757 jet; a box-cutter-type knife; and maps of Washington and New York.
* Salem Alhazmi, 20, is believed to have been from Saudi Arabia. He was with the other Flight 77 hijackers who worked out at Gold's Gym in Greenbelt, Md., between Sept. 2 and Sept. 6. He also was among the five hijackers who went to the Arlington, Va., Department of Motor Vehicles on Aug. 2 seeking identity cards.
UNITED AIRLINES FLIGHT 93
Crashed in rural Pennsylvania
44 on board
* Ziad Samir Jarrah, believed to be the pilot aboard Flight 93, was part of the terrorist cell in Hamburg, Germany, that also included Mohamed Atta and Marwan Al-Shehhi. Two other members of that cell, Said Bahaji and Ramzi Binalshibh, are being sought by German authorities on warrants charging them with more than 5,000 counts of murder. Jarrah is listed as a pilot in Hamburg in FAA records. Investigators in Germany said police seized evidence several days after the attacks when they searched the apartment of Jarrah's girlfriend in the western industrial city of Bochum. The "airplane-related documents" were found in a suitcase, German Federal Prosecutor Kay Nehm said.
* Saeed Alghamdi is one of three hijackers that U.S. officials have said are linked to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network. Immigration records show that Alghamdi made several trips to the Philippines in the last two years. Alghamdi was seen by a neighbor of hijacker suspect Hani Hanjour at Hanjour's apartment in Paterson, N.J. He rented a two-bedroom condominium for $1,200 a month from 1988 to late 1991 in Florham Park, N.J., said owner James Beck. Alghamdi told Beck he worked for a pharmaceutical company and dressed in a business suit, his wife wore a traditional Muslim head covering and they had two small children, Beck said. The FBI said Alghamdi also may have lived in Delray Beach, Fla.
* Ahmed Ibrahim A. Al Haznawi, 20, may have been from Saudi Arabia and may have lived in Delray Beach, Fla., according to the FBI.
* Ahmed Alnami used several aliases and may have lived in Delray Beach, Fla., the FBI said.