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German Sept 11 trial revisits hijacker's love story

The girlfriend of one of the September 11 suicide hijackers told a German court of their doomed love story and his radicalization after joining a tight-knit circle of Muslims, as the trial of a Moroccan student allegedly linked to the plot resumed. Aysel Sengun, a 29-year-old doctor, said Ziad Jarrah was not a devout Muslim when they first met, but he changed after moving to the northern German city of Hamburg in 1997. That circle was led by Mohammed Atta, presumed ringleader of the hijackers who on September 11, 2001, ploughed two planes into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York and one into the Pentagon. Jarrah was on board a fourth plane that crashed in rural Pennsylvania after passengers fought back. He is believed to have been at the controls, as he was the only hijacker on board with flight training. Sengun testified on day two of the trial here of Abdelghani Mzoudi, a 30-year-old Moroccan accused of playing a key logistical role in preparations for the attacks. Full Story

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