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SLUG: 0-09753 Editorial - ICA Ali-Atwa
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DATE=03/10/2002

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NUMBER=0-09753

TITLE=EDITORIAL: CRIME ALERT: ALI-ATWA

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Anncr: Next, an international public service announcement:

Voice: The United States has established a list of "Most Wanted Terrorists." Several of the twenty-two fugitives on this list, including Osama bin Laden, are part of al-Qaida, the terrorist group responsible for the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Others are wanted in connection with previous terrorist attacks.

Ali Atwa [ah-LEE aht-WAH] has been indicted in connection with the 1985 hijacking of a Trans-World Airways commercial jet bound for Rome from Athens with mostly American passengers. In the

course of this air piracy, passengers and crew members were assaulted and one U.S. citizen was

murdered.

By his own admission to Greek authorities, Atwa planned to be the third hijacker. He was arrested in Athens but was later freed to join the other terrorists in Algiers on the hijacked plane in exchange for a group of hostages.

Ali Atwa is a citizen of Lebanon, where he was born. He is believed to be a member of the Lebanese Hezbollah. This terrorist organization aims to create a radical Islamic republic in Lebanon and to destroy the state of Israel. Atwa is thought to be in Lebanon.

Ali Atwa should be considered armed and dangerous. He is in his early forties. He is about one-meter

seventy centimeters tall, weighs nearly seventy kilograms, and has a medium build. He has brown

eyes. He speaks Arabic. He has used the aliases Ammar Mansour Bouslim [Omar MAN-suur Bousleem] and Hassan Rostom Salim [HAH-sahn Rostoom SAH-lem].

The U.S. is offering a reward of up to twenty-five million dollars for information leading to the arrest of Ali Atwa. If you have information concerning this fugitive, you should contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. The identities of all informants will be kept confidential.

Anncr: That was an international public service announcement. For more information on international fugitives, visit the International Crime Alert web site at www-dot-ibb-dot gov slash fugitives.



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