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Mohammad Salameh

First World Trade Center bombing cell Operative


Capturing AuthorityFBI2
Date of CaptureMarch 4, 19932
Location of CaptureJersey City, New Jersey, United States1
AffiliationFirst World Trade Center bombing cell
Date of BirthSept. 1, 19673
Place of BirthNablus, Palestine3
Charging authorityUnited States
In connection withWorld Trade Center truck bombing
Charges issued1993
Case statusConvicted
Sentence240 years imprisonment
Case resolvedMarch 4, 1994
Narrative and Notes
  • Salameh is generally derided as the bumbler who led authorities to the members of the cell that bombed the World Trade Center in 1993.
  • He rented the Ryder truck used in the bombing and helped prepare the explosives it carried. He reported the truck stolen to police the day before the bombing, and in the weeks after, he repeatedly called the rental agency to get the $400 deposit back.
  • He was invited to the agency on March 4, 1993, and the FBI arrested him there.
  • Salameh comes from a family of Palestinians opposed to British, and later, Israeli rule. His maternal uncle served in a terrorist unit of the Palestianian Liberation organization.
  • He entered the United States on a six-month tourist visa in 1988 and stayed illegally for the next several years.1,2,3
  • Reportedly attended Masjid al-Salam mosque in Jersey City.3
    1 United States vs. Yousef et. al., indictment.
    2 The 9-11 Commission Report. July 22, 2004, Chapter 3.1.
    3 Hudson, Rex. 'The Sociology and Psychology of Terrorism: Who Becomes a Terrorist and Why?' Federal Research Division, Sept. 1999
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