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Federal Agents Arresting Suspects

Wednesday, 12 September 2001 12:00 AM

Three people possibly linked to terrorist attacks were taken into custody Wednesday at the Westin-Copley Hotel in Boston, reports said.

While the FBI would not confirm the arrests, the Boston Globe quoted a source close to the investigation as saying three suspects were in federal custody.

The FBI was expected to make an announcement about arrests later in the day.

There were also unconfirmed reports that a person was injured.

Reports said the FBI, Boston and Massachusetts state police went to the downtown Boston hotel after authorities linked the suspects to a credit card allegedly used to buy tickets on the jet airliners used as missiles on Tuesday against the World Trade Center towers in New York.

Heavily armed SWAT teams with high-tech equipment and bomb squad officers focused their search on the 13th and 16th floors. The three were taken from three rooms on the 16th floor, the Globe said.

Fox News is reporting that a 'well informed source close to the White House' has said that they know the names of the hijackers of United Airlines flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania, as that plane was not completely destroyed and contains much evidence.

Agents also have a search warrant for another hotel in Newton, Mass., are waiting to execute that Warrant, and have stopped an Amtrack train on its way to Providence off of which they have taken three people.

In addition, search warrants were served in as many as four locations in south Florida, including the residence of Muhammed Atta, whose name was found on the manifest of one of the doomed planes. Two other men who lived at the address may have been involved in the attack.

Neighbors said agents searched inside the Coral Springs apartment for three hours overnight.

Investigators also visited a home in Venice, Fla., where agents believed he had moved after leaving Coral Springs. The landlord said Atta and another man who stayed there were attending a flight school at a nearby airport. Two instructors at the flight school also were interviewed, WPLG-TV news said in Miami.

Agents also were looking for two cars, including a red 1989 Pontiac Gran Prix, believed to belong to Atta.

WSVN-TV in Miami quoted sources in the Hollywood, Fla., police department as saying they helped FBI agents search homes in Hollywood and Davie, Fla.

The subjects' names were on the passenger manifests of planes that crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon near Washington and in a field in western Pennsylvania. Atta's name was also believed to be on one of the manifests.

Anthony Amos, who works at a Hollywood restaurant, said agents had shown him pictures of men who may be suspects.

"I identified one of the guys," he said.

He said one of them was in the restaurant Friday and refused to pay. Amos said the man said he had enough money to pay because he was a pilot, but refused. It was not clear whether the man or another man with him was Atta.

Another investigation was at Daytona Beach, Fla., involved a student at Embry Riddle flight school with a car that contained a picture of terrorist Osami bin Laden. The car has been impounded, but there has been no arrest.

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