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Muhammad al-Kahtani

Suspected 20th hijacker

Detained

Details
ImportanceLow
Location of DetentionU.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
Capturing AuthorityUnited States
Location of CaptureAfghanistan2
Affiliation9-11 plotters
Role20th hijacker
SupervisorKhalid Shaikh Mohammed
AffiliationAl-Qaeda
Full Given NameMuhammad Mani Ahmad al Kahtani
NationalitySaudi2
Alternate Spelling(s)Muhammad al Kahtani, Mohammed al-Khatani, Mohamed al Khatani, Muhammad al Qahtani, Muhammad al-Qahtani
GenderMale
 
 
Narrative and Notes
 
Reliable
  • Last known would-be muscle hijacker sent to the United States; on Aug. 4, 2001, he was not allowed entry into the country because he had little money, no English and no return ticket.2
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    Possible
  • He was probably destined for United Flight 93, which only had four hijackers, instead of five, like the other three hijacked flights.
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    Sources
    1 The 9-11 Commission Final Report, July 22, 2004, Chapter 7.3.
    2 Millar, Kathleen. 'CBP Officer turns back possible security threat.' Customs and Border Protection Today: Jan. 2004.
     
     
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