Washington, Feb 2 (ANI): The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has started hunting for a previously unknown team of men suspected to be part of the 9/11 terror attacks, according to new revelations by the whistleblower website 'Wikileaks'.
According to The Telegraph, three Qatari men had monitored the targets, provided "support" to the plotters and even possessed tickets for a flight to Washington on the eve of the attacks.
These suspected terrorists reportedly flew from London to New York on a British Airways flight three weeks before the attacks, and allegedly carried out surveillance at the World Trade Centre, the White House and in Virginia, the US state where the Pentagon and CIA headquarters are located.
The FBI also found that ten days later they flew to Los Angeles, and stationed themselves in a hotel near the airport. Hotel staff have told investigators that they saw pilot uniforms in their room along with computer print outs detailing pilot names, flight numbers and times and packages addressed to Syria, Afghanistan, Jerusalem and Jordan, the paper said.
On September 10 they were booked on an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Washington, but failed to board. The following day the same Boeing 757 aircraft was hijacked by five terrorists and crashed into the Pentagon, it added.
These terrorists named Meshal Alhajri, Fahad Abdulla and Ali Alfehaid, took a flight back to London after the attacks before fleeing to Qatar. Their current location is unknown.
Investigators are now reportedly looking for a fourth suspect, Mohamed Al Mansoori from the United Arab Emirates, who had allegedly supported the terrorist cell while they were in the US.
The revelations appeared in documents that were exchanged between the American Embassy in Doha and the Department for Homeland Security in Washington.
The document, sent on 11th February 2010, states: " Al Mansoori is currently under investigation by the FBI for his possible involvement in the 11 September 2001 attacks. He is suspected of aiding people who entered the US before the attacks to conduct surveillance of possible targets and providing other support to the hijackers."
An official inquiry into the 9/11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, had said that that the hijackers might have received assistance in Los Angeles, but investigators did not publicly provide more details.
Earlier, the 9/11 Commission report that published in July 2004 had claimed that at least two of the hijackers had previously visited Los Angeles but, at the time, investigators appeared to have little information on their movements. The report states they had a "brief stay in Los Angeles about which we know little". (ANI)