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Tuesday, May 7, 2002 10:49 p.m. EDT

Anti-terror Prober: OKC Bombing Suspect Worked at 9-11 Airport

A former State Department anti-terrorism prober now claims that a missing suspect in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing is a former Iraqi soldier who later secured a job at Boston's Logan Airport, where two of the 9-11 hijackers boarded planes they later commandeered and slammed into the World Trade Center.

Larry Johnson, the former deputy director of the State Department's office on counterterrorism, told Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly Tuesday that the paths of 9-11 hijackers Mohamed Atta, Marwan Al-Shehhi and Zacarias Moussaoui crossed on more than one occasion with that of John Doe No. 2, the name given to the man witnesses say helped Timothy McVeigh carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.

The FBI was so convinced of the importance of John Doe No. 2 that it even distributed police sketches in an effort to track him down.

"He was seen with Timothy McVeigh three days before the bombing, the morning of the bombing, and he was seen by one of the witnesses getting out of the Ryder truck after it pulled up in front of the Murrah building," the ex-State Department official explained.

Johnson, along with a growing contingent of independent probers, believes that John Doe No. 2 is actually Hussain Hashim Alhussaini, a former member of Iraq's elite Republican Guard.

"The thing that really concerns me relative to 9-11 [is that] when he left Oklahoma around 1996 and 1997, he went to work at Logan Airport in Boston," Johnson told O'Reilly. "We don't know where he is now."

As bizarre as the Logan Airport tie-in may seem, the coincidences don't end there, according to Johnson.

"The motel in Oklahoma City where the April [1995] bombing was planned and executed - that same motel figures in [the travel of] two of the 9-11 hijackers and Zacarias Moussaoui," he told O'Reilly.

The al-Qaeda trio stayed at the 1995 bombers' motel just five weeks before the 9-11 attacks, Johnson said.

"I've spoken to the owner of the motel," the anti-terror prober said. "After the 9-11 attacks he called the FBI, the FBI came out and interviewed him - and he identified Mohamed Atta, Marwan Al-Shehhi and Zacarias Moussauoi."

Atta, Al-Shehhi and Moussauoi said they were planning on enrolling in a local flight school, the motel owner told the one-time State Department prober.

Read more on this subject in related Hot Topics:
Al-Qaeda
Saddam Hussein/Iraq
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