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Feds Release Former Student in 9/11 Probe

A former San Diego State student from Yemen whom authorities at one time suspected of helping three Sept. 11 hijackers has been deported after almost three years in jail. Mohdar Abdullah, 26, among the first Muslim immigrants in the nation to be detained after the 2001 attacks, was sent to Yemen on Friday, said Lauren Mack, spokeswoman for the immigration division of the Homeland Security Department. Abdullah’s lawyer, Randall B. Hamud, said the government of Yemen twice refused to admit Abdullah, and agreed to accept him only because of intense pressure from the United States. Hamud said he discovered Abdullah had been deported when he called the jail to arrange a visit. “I haven’t heard from my client since he’s been deported and I’m very worried about him,” Hamud said. After his arrest, investigators had said Abdullah was a friend of Khalid Almihdhar, Nawaf Alhazmi and Hani Hanjour, who crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon. Full Story

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