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 Passport was stolen, says 'hijacker'

    September 17 2001 at 08:01AM

Dubai - A Saudi man named by the FBI as one of 19 hijackers in Tuesday's suicide bombings in the United States said in an interview published on Monday that his passport was stolen in Colorado in 1995.

"The name (reported by the FBI) is my name and the birth date is the same as mine, but I am not the one who bombed the World Trade Centre in New York," Abdulaziz Alomari told the London-based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper.

The pan-Arab newspaper, which published a picture of Alomari on its website, said the US-educated engineer had reported to police in Denver, Colorado, that he lost his passport when his apartment was robbed in 1995.

Alomari, born on December 24, 1972, was interviewed in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. It quoted him as saying that he left the United States in April 2000 and that he was at his Riyadh office at the time of the bombings of the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon.

The FBI on Friday named 19 suspected hijackers, including seven pilots, believed to have commandeered the four commercial airliners used in Tuesday's terror attacks.

The name Abdulaziz Alomari appeared on the FBI's list of five hijackers thought to have been aboard one of the two planes that slammed into the World Trade Centre's twin towers. - Reuters

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