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Mohamed Atta

9-11 Suicide Pilot


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Means of DeathSuicide hijacker
Date of DeathSept. 11, 2001
Location of DeathNew York, New York, United States
Affiliation9-11 plotters
SupervisorKhalid Shaikh Mohammed
AffiliationAmerican Airlines Flight 11 Hijackers
AffiliationHamburg Cell
Full Given NameMuhammed Muhammed el-Amir Awad al-Sayid Atta
Alternate Spelling(s)Mohammed Atta, Muhammed Atta
Age at Death33
Date of BirthSept. 1, 19681
Place of BirthKafr el Sheikh, Egypt1
Narrative and Notes
  • Mohamed Atta was born to a middle-class family in Egypt; his father is an attorney. He was educated as an urban planner in Egypt and, later, Germany.
  • He was radicalized in Germany in the mid-1990s.
  • Toward his friends there, he was charismatic, intelligent, and intolerant of dissent. Towards others, he was described as abrasive.
  • In 1995, he tried to organize a Muslim student association in Hamburg; in the fall of 1997 he joined a working group at Quds mosque there, aimed at bridging the gap between Muslims and Christians.
  • He became anti-Semitic and anti-American, claiming a global Jewish movement in New York City controlled world finance and media. He would also claim Saddam Hussein was a U.S. stooge set up to give the United States the pretext of invading the Middle East.
  • He joined the 9-11 plot when he traveled to Afghanistan in 1999.1
  • He was reportedly trained in document forgery.1
  • His whereabouts in February and March 1998 are uncertain. It has been speculated he went to Afghanistan during this time, but captured al-Qaeda figures say he did not.1
    1 The 9-11 Commission Final Report. July 22, 2004. Chapter 5.3.
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