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FBI Believes Terrorists ID-ed

Published: Thu 13 Sep 2001 04:29 PM
by Selwyn Manning - Breaking News
USA investigators have determined at least a dozen terrorists took part in the assault on America, including pilots who were trained in the United States, US Attorney General John Ashcroft told journalists a shot time ago.
FBI agents have swammed on Florida, Massachusetts and other parts of the United States, questioning associates of the suspects to obtain evidence about who was behind yesterday's flying bomb terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon.

[Pictured is a suspected hijacker, Mohammed Atta, learned to fly planes in Florida.]
“Between four and six suicide terrorists took control of the four aircraft using knives and box cutters, and in some cases making bomb threats,” Ashcroft said today.
He told a news conference in Washington. “A number of the suspected hijackers were trained as pilots in the United States.”
Ashcroft’s comment means that a minimum of 12 people — and maximum of 24 — were involved in the attacks. Agents spread out across the country in an effort to learn everything possible about the suspects and to prevent their associates from vanishing.
FBI Director Robert Mueller also told the briefing that reports that associates of the suspected terrorists had been arrested were false - but allowed that some individuals had been detained and questioned.
The Boston Globe had earlier reported that three people were taken into custody Wednesday during a police raid on a Boston hotel.
Within hours of the Terrorist attacks, FBI investigators uncovered the first leads at Boston’s Logan International Airport. There, FBI agents found a car that is likely to have carried some of the terrorists to the airport.
Two of the hijacked flights that destroyed the World Trade Center took off from this location.
Video surveillance cameras show five men, all of Arabic origin, left the rented car in an airport garage. Flight manuals in Arabic and paperwork were found in the vehicle.
FBI believes at least two of the suspected terrorists were carrying passports from the United Arab Emirates. Two were brothers and that one was a trained pilot. The Justice Department has said these men used both cash and credit cards to purchase airline tickets and hotel rooms.
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