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Fresh hijack attempts in USA
Lend credence to Indian military reports
Girja Shankar Kaura
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 14
The thwarting of two more hijacking attempts at the John F. Kennedy and La Guardia airports in New York today have lent credence to intercepts by the Indian military intelligence that terrorist strikes in the USA were not over and that Islamic fundamentalists still wanted to target the White House in Washington DC.

Sources said here today that the military intelligence had intercepted a conversation between two Islamic fundamentalists known to be close to Osama bin Laden indicating that the supporters of the Saudi Arabian millionaire would now try and attack the White House.

The military top brass passed on the information to the political establishment, including the Defence and Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Jaswant Singh, yesterday. Although there was no official confirmation, but sources said the same was possibly passed on to the USA during various interactions which officials of the two countries have had in the past two days.

Two of the significant contacts that Indian officials had with their American counterparts since the airborne terrorist strikes on the USA have been the discussions between Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary and National Security Adviser Brajesh Mishra and his US counterpart Condoleezza Rice last night and the meeting between US Ambassador to India Robert Blackwill and Mr Jaswant Singh yesterday. Mr Blackwill presented his credentials to President K.R. Narayanan at Rashtrapati Bhavan this morning.

The sources said the intelligence intercepts clearly indicated that the strikes of the Afghanistan-based Islamic fundamentalist on the USA were not over and that he would still attempt a daring attack on the White House.

The intercepts of the conversation by the military intelligence between the two Islamic fundamentalists, known to Indian intelligence agencies as among the confidants of Bin Laden, was centering around the attack on various buildings in the USA on September 11. 


Hijackers’ names released

Washington, September 14
The Federal Bureau of Investigation today released the names of 19 individuals it said carried out Tuesday’s suicide air attacks on US targets in New York and Washington.

The agency said while all were presumed dead, anyone with information on the 19 should contact an FBI field office. Of the 19, according to the FBI, seven are thought to have been pilots.

The following is the list: American Airlines Flight 77: Khalid Al-Midhar (Los Angeles or New York city); Maged Moqed; Nawaq Alhamzi (New Jersey); Salem Alhamzi (New Jersey); Hani Hanjour (Arizona, California), believed to be a pilot.

American Airlines Flight 11; Satam Al Suqami (United Arab Emirates).

Waleed M. Alshehri (Florida), believed to be a pilot.

Wail Alshehri (Florida Massachusetts), believed to be a pilot.

Mohamed Atta (Florida, Germany), believed to be a pilot

Abdulaziz Alomari (Florida), believed to be a pilot.

United Airlines Flight 175: Marwan Al-Shehhi (Florida), believed to be a pilot; Fayez Ahmed (Florida); Ahmed Alghamdi (Florida); Hamza Alghamdi (Florida); Mohald Alshehri (Florida).

United Airlines Flight 93: Saeed Alghamdi (Florida); Ahmed Alhaznawi (Florida); Ahmed Alnami (Florida); Ziad Jarrahi, believed to be a pilot. AFP


Attacks on Indians continue

New York, September 14
Sporadic incidents of violence by angry Americans on ethnic minorities, including Indians, possibly mistaking them to be Arabs, continued today following Tuesday’s terrorist attacks on US installations, even as community leaders went on TV explaining that India was itself a victim of terrorism.

A mosque was attacked by a group but little damage was done as police chased them away. In another incident, some young men abused an Indian couple here. A passerby, who came to their rescue and tried to reason, was himself beaten up.

Reports also spoke of at least two persons being beaten up by the hate groups after being mistaken to be Arabs here.

Meanwhile, a community leader Rajinder Singh Bedi went on television in Chicago last night to explain that Sikhs kept a beard but should not be mistaken for followers of Osama bin Laden. PTI

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