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Federal Agents Focus on Flight Schools

Thursday, 13 September 2001 12:00 AM

A sixth man remained in custody Thursday for questioning and a seventh man was the target of a massive manhunt.

Adnan Bukhari was taken into custody at Vero Beach, Fla., for questioning, but not charged in connection with the attacks. He had told a witness he worked for Saudi Arabian Airlines.

He and Amer Mohammed Kamfar were also linked to a Saudi Arabian Airlines post office box. Agents are looking for Kamfar, also a recent Vero Beach resident. He reportedly may be armed with an AK-47 assault rifle.

Those who died on the two jetliners who slammed into the two World Trade Center towers Tuesday were identified as Mohamed Atta, 33, of Coral Springs, Fla.; Marwan Alshehhi of Hollywood, Fla.; Waleed Al Shehri, 25 of Daytona Beach, Fla.; Abdulatif A Al-Omari, 31, of Miami; and Wail M. Al Shehri, 28, of Boynton Beach, Fla.

The Miami Herald reported that the names of all the dead suspects from Florida with the exception of Al Shehhi were on the passenger manifest of the first jetliner that hit the World Trade Center. Alshehhi was believed to be on the second plane.

Al Shehhi, along with Atta, apparently rented a car that was later found in Boston. He was licensed as a commercial pilot, as is Wahleed Al Shehri.

The national origin of most of the men was uncertain.

The alleged terrorists were reportedly drawn to Florida by the presence of so many prestigious flight schools. The two most well known are Flight Safety International in Vero Beach and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University of Daytona Beach.

Federal investigators have served two subpoenas on Embry-Riddle, seeking records of suspects who may have gone to school there. Embry-Riddle estimates that more than 25 percent of the commercial pilots in the United States are graduates of their facility and 12 percent of the student body of 4,800 is from foreign countries. The school said it has a total of 23,000 students world-wide including at "extended campuses."

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