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Friday, 14 September, 2001, 19:06 GMT 20:06 UK
Nineteen hijack suspects named
British police
Police in many different countries have joined the manhunt
The US has named 19 men it suspects of being the hijackers in Tuesday's attacks as police forces around the world help track down the organisers.

The Justice Department said many of the 19, who all had Middle Eastern names, had had pilot training.

They had lived in Florida, New Jersey, California, Massachusetts and Arizona.

Hijacking suspects
Flight 175: Marwan Al-Shehhi, Fayez Ahmed, Mohald Alshehri, Hamza Alghamdi and Ahmed Alghamdi
Flight 11: Waleed M Alshehri, Wail Alshehri, Mohamed Atta, Abdulaziz Alomari and Satam Al Suqami
Flight 77: Khalid Al-Midhar, Majed Moqed, Nawaq Alhamzi, Salem Alhamzi and Hani Hanjour
Flight 93: Ahmed Alhaznawi, Ahmed Alnami, Ziad Jarrahi and Saeed Alghamdi
The figure was originally given as 18 but rose after another suspected hijacker on the plane that hit the Pentagon was identified.

More than 4,000 FBI agents are working with police in many different countries in the biggest manhunt in US history.

Fears of new terror attacks led to the closure of three airports in the New York area - Kennedy, La Guardia and Newark - shortly after they re-opened.

Senate Intelligence Committee head Senator Joseph Biden called for the public to remain calm after 10 passengers of Middle Eastern appearance were briefly detained, then released.

New leads

Investigators were hoping to gain a crucial insight into the last minutes of the plane which crashed into the Pentagon after they found the plane's flight and cockpit voice recorders.

Click here to see map of airliner routes

In Belgium, local authorities are investigating possible links between a man detained during an anti-terrorism sweep in the capital and the chief suspect in the attacks, Osama Bin Laden.

Mohamed Atta: Suspect on board one of hijacked planes

Two suspects are in custody in Brussels after weapons were found during a house search, said a spokeswoman for the city's prosecutor's office.

"They are part of a radical Islamic movement and one of them may possibly have been planning an attack on a US target in Europe," she said.

In a related operation, Dutch police made four arrests of suspected Islamic militants in Rotterdam.

In Switzerland, the authorities said they were searching for evidence that the hijackers may have used the country as a transit point.

Urs von Daniken, head of the Swiss police's intelligence service, said the US had requested the investigation.

Progress of the investigation so far:

  • The FBI makes its first arrest as part of its global investigation, detaining a "material witness" believed to have highly relevant information
  • Nineteen suspected hijackers named out of 50 people identified by the FBI as possibly being linked to the attacks
  • Flight recorders retrieved from wreckage of hijacked airliners that crashed into the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania
  • Thousands of tip-off calls to FBI hot line and special website
  • About 4,000 FBI special agents with 3,000 support staff in biggest manhunt in US history

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    The BBC's Richard Watson
    "Three were based in California"
    The BBC's Margaret Gilmore
    "The investigation is already producing critical results"
    George Henry
    taught two of the hijackers how to fly
    See also:

    14 Sep 01 | Asia-Pacific
    Manila hotel raid over US attacks
    14 Sep 01 | Americas
    Q&A: Learning to fly a plane
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