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Salem al-Hazmi

9-11 Suicide Hijacker


Salem al-HazmiSalem al-HazmiSalem al-Hazmi

Means of DeathPlane crashed into Pentagon
Date of DeathSept. 11, 2001
Location of DeathArlington, Virginia, United States
Affiliation9-11 plotters
SupervisorMohamed Atta
AffiliationAmerican Airlines Flight 77 Hijackers
Full Given NameSalem Muhammed Salem al-Hazmi
Alternate Spelling(s)Salim al-Hazmi, Salem Alhazmi, Salem al Hazmi, Salim Alhazmi, Salem al-Hamzi
Age at Death20
Date of BirthFeb. 2, 1981
Place of BirthMecca, Saudi Arabia1
Narrative and Notes
  • One of the "muscle" hijackers who assisted in the takeover of American Airlines Flight 77 before it crashed into the Pentagon.
  • He was the younger brother of fellow 77 hijacker Nawaf al-Hazmi, who probably recruited him into the plot.
  • His family described him as a "quarrelsome teenager." He was not terribly pious and drank alcohol until about three months before he broke with his family.
  • He had a minor criminal record in Saudi Arabia, apparently involving petty theft.
  • U.S. intelligence, through intercepted communications, learned of his possible connection to extremists as early as 1999, but he was not placed on any watchlists.1,2
  • One al-Qaeda member claimed Nawaf begged bin Laden to allow Salem to take part in 9-11.
  • Tawfiq bin Attash claims he encouraged him to take part in a suicide operation.1,2
    1 The 9-11 Commission Final Report, July 22, 2004, Chapter 7.3.
    2 The 9-11 Commission Final Report, July 22, 2004, Footnotes.
    Photos (left to right): FBI; Government exhibit, United States vs. Moussaoui; Government exhibit, United States vs. Moussaoui
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