- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 16, 2001

The massive FBI manhunt for conspirators in the deadly terrorist attacks Tuesday focused yesterday on two men seized from an Amtrak train in Texas, nine others who may have fled into Mexico and 25 in custody on immigration charges.
In Texas, Ayub Ali Khan, 51, and Mohammed Jaweed Azmath, 47, were detained at an Amtrak railroad station in Fort Worth in "the strongest possibility we have yet" in the nationwide FBI probe, Texas law enforcement authorities said in an interview.
Both men, flown to New York for questioning, were detained after Fort Worth police said they found box cutters, hair dye and $5,000 to $10,000 in cash during a routine drug search. Some of the 19 hijackers who commandeered the three jets that hit New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon and a fourth plane that crashed in Pennsylvania are believed to have had box cutters.
Authorities said Mr. Khan and Mr. Azmath had flown Tuesday from Newark, N.J., on a flight bound for San Antonio, Texas, but were diverted and forced to land in St. Louis after the attacks in New York and Washington killed thousands of people.
They said the two men then got on an Amtrak train but were pulled off it at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Fort Worth for the drug check, which targeted several passengers at random. Texas authorities said the men lied about their nationality and had no legitimate identification, although they are believed to be from India.
The two were being held on possible immigration violations, although they were taken to New York for interrogation by the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Attorney General John Ashcroft yesterday said the investigation was "developing a kind of clarity" and that FBI agents and others assigned to the case were "beginning to understand the ways in which this terrible crime was committed."
Last night, police made the second arrest in connection with the attacks, picking up an unidentified man in Jersey City, which is across the Hudson River from New York City. Officials wouldn't disclose the charges against the man, or his name, age or nationality.
The FBI also is investigating reports that nine suspected accomplices in the New York and Washington attacks had fled to Mexico before Tuesday, said law enforcement authorities.
Mexico announced earlier this week it had received a list of nine names of suspects from the United States on Wednesday. A senior Mexican government official told Cox News Service that since then, Mexican officials have received additional names and they are cooperating with U.S. authorities.
Mexican Attorney General Rafael Macedo de la Concha told reporters this week that a list with at least nine names also was given to other countries. On Thursday, the Mexico City newspaper Milenio reported the identities of the nine — including six Pakistanis, two Bolivians and another person whose nationality was not known.
Meanwhile, a man identified as a San Antonio doctor also was taken Friday to New York by authorities for questioning. The FBI would not comment, but other authorities said the FBI searched the man's house Wednesday and removed several boxes of material. The doctor was said to have worked at the University of Texas Health Science Center.
The FBI search for possible accomplices has resulted in the arrest of 25 persons on various immigration violations, although none has been charged in the Tuesday attacks.
The FBI has not commented on those who have been detained and has not given any specific information on others who are being sought, but it has given to 18,000 law enforcement agencies a list of 100 persons it wants to question about the attacks.
The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service detained the 25, who were questioned by the FBI. Authorities said several have cooperated in the federal probe.
The first arrest in the case occurred Friday, when FBI agents took into custody a man in New York as a material witness.
Jim Margolin, spokesman for the FBI field office in New York, said the man was held on a warrant giving agents the authority to hold someone considered crucial to an investigation without charging a crime.
The FBI declined to identify the man or elaborate on what role, if any, he had in the attacks Tuesday.
Authorities said he was among 10 persons detained Thursday at John F. Kennedy International Airport, after he showed what they said was a pilot's license issued to his brother.
Yesterday, federal prosecutors in New York issued another material witness warrant for a second man they also believe is crucial to the investigation and a risk to leave the United States, although he was not identified. He was not yet in custody late last night.
"We are at a point where there will be additional and more frequent warrants," said Justice Department spokeswoman Mindy Tucker.
Meanwhile, German police have found what they called "airplane-related documents" in a suitcase belonging to one of the hijackers. The suitcase was seized by police in Bochum, Germany, at the apartment of the girlfriend of one of the hijackers, Ziad Jarrah, who was aboard the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania.
Kay Nehm, German federal prosecutor, told reporters yesterday that Jarrah, 26, of Lebanon, lived and studied in Hamburg along with Mohammed Atta, 33, and Marwan Al-Shehhi, 23, two others named as hijackers in the attack Tuesday.
The three have been identified by German authorities as members of an Islamic fundamentalist group in Hamburg that planned attacks on U.S. targets.
The 19 hijackers purchased their tickets with credit cards through various Internet sites — including a rented computer at a Kinko's copy shop in Florida. Authorities said some of the hijackers even used frequent-flier numbers and paperless electronic tickets. Some sat in first-class, and others traveled in business-class seats.
Authorities said they paid $1,600 to $4,500 for the last-minute one-way tickets, all purchased in late August.
The FBI found what agents described as a suicide note in baggage Atta left at Logan International Airport. The note, authorities said, may mean Atta wanted the baggage found. Contents of the note have not been disclosed.
The FBI has asked that anyone with information about the 19 hijackers or others to contact an FBI field office or call the toll-free hot line at 866/483-5137.
Hugh Aynesworth in Dallas contributed to this report.

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