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Report That 20th Sept.11 Hijacker Identified Disputed

USA Today newspaper said on Wednesday the FBI had identified an al Qaeda suspect who agents believed was the “20th hijacker” in the Sept. 11, 2001 plot but federal law enforcement officers later denied the report. USA Today quoted a federal law enforcement official involved in the probe into the attacks as saying, “We are fairly confident we know who number 20 is,” and that the suspect had left the country before the plan was realized. He was quoted as saying the al Qaeda operative got into the country but “had to leave” shortly before 19 hijackers carried out the four coordinated attacks. But three federal law enforcement officials later denied the report. “I’m not aware of anyone who has been identified as the 20th hijacker,” one official said. Another official called it a theory of investigators, but not the prevailing theory. A third official said the premise of the story was “wrong.” Full Story

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