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Report: Terrorists May Be at Large

Thursday, 13 September 2001 12:00 AM

The Times said that, according to a source, federal officials decided to keep all commercial airliners grounded for another day in part because they wanted to prevent the suspects from slipping out of the country by air.

Investigators now believe that 50 terrorists from four independent cells infiltrated the United States with the aid of passports from Middle Eastern nations. All but 10 of the suspects were accounted for by Wednesday and their whereabouts were unknown.

While 27 of the suspects apparently received some level of pilot training, not all of them were actually aboard the hijacked aircraft that were believed to have been taken over by 3-4 hijackers per plane.

One of the hijackers is believed to be this man, Mohammed Atta:

The FBI this week searched the records of three flight schools in Florida where the suspects were believed to have taken flying lessons, including Huffman Aviation International, a school in Venice that caters to a number of foreign students.

"They had to show them work visas and passports and all the proper identification," said Sgt. Mike Treanor of the Venice Police Department said. "They had all that."

The copyright Times article also reported that investigators were searching cars and apartments on the East Coast within hours after Tuesday's attacks and discovered suicide notes in New York that some of the hijackers had written to their parents.

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