Mohammed A. Salameh

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Mohammed A. Salameh
Born
علي

(1967-09-01) September 1, 1967 (age 52)
West Bank, State of Palestine
ResidenceADX Florence, the Federal ADX Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado.[1]
Known for1993 World Trade Center bombing

Mohammed A. Salameh (Arabic: محمد سلامة‎) (born September 1, 1967 in the West Bank) is a convicted perpetrator of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He is currently an inmate at ADX Florence in Florence, Colorado.

Early life[edit]

Salameh's family fled the West Bank with him in 1967, shortly after he was born there, because of the Six-Day War.[2]

Illegal immigrant[edit]

He entered the United States on a six-month tourist visa in 1988 but then overstayed. He was still in the country illegally in 1993, during the World Trade Center bombing. He applied for an immigration amnesty under a 1986 law that set up the Special Agricultural Worker program despite never being eligible. However, he was still guaranteed work permits and amnesty until the Immigration and Naturalization Service could rule on his applications. It took the INS nearly five years to decide that he was ineligible for any of the programs that he had applied for. Even then, he was not deported.[3]

Role in World Trade Center bombing[edit]

Salameh's 1978 Chevy Nova was used to ferry the nitric acid and urea used to construct the bomb used in the past 1993 bombing.[4]

Despite failing his driving test four times, Salameh had been the driver for the group. On January 24, 1993, he jumped a curb and tore the undercarriage from his car, injuring himself and Ramzi Yousef. He was checked out of Rahway Hospital the following day and went to the garage to clean his car while Yousef remained in the hospital for four more days.[4]

With his Nova in for repairs, Salameh got Nidal Ayyad to use his corporate account with Allied Signal to rent him a new car. However, he got in a car accident again on February 16 and collided with a car.[4]

Arrest and sentencing[edit]

On March 4, 1993, the FBI arrested Salameh. After he had reported that his rental van was stolen, he met with undercover FBI agent Bill Atkinson, and evidently was posing as a Ryder "loss prevention analyst." Earlier, the FBI had traced the Ford Econoline van that had been used in the World Trade Center bombing by its vehicle identification number.[5]

Salameh was sentenced to 240 years in prison.[6]

Possible link to assassination of Kahane[edit]

An article in the Jerusalem Post quoted from the mid-August 2010 issue of Playboy that El Sayyid Nosair, who had been acquitted of the murder of Meir Kahane, later still claimed that he had two partners with him:

He (Mr. Nosair) added that on the night he shot Kahane dead, he was accompanied by two co-conspirators to the Marriot Hotel in Manhattan where Kahane was speaking – one of whom was also carrying a gun.

The men, Bilal al-Kaisi of Jordan and Mohammed Salameh, a Palestinian illegal alien later involved in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, have never been charged for their part in the slaying."[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Inmate Locator - Locate Federal inmates from 1982 to present". Federal Bureau of Prisons.
  2. ^ Alison Mitchell (1993-03-14). "The Twin Towers; Sifting Through Mideast Politics In Ashes of World Trade Center". New York Times.
  3. ^ Ron Scherer, "Bombing Probe Shines Spotlight On Amnesty Law," Christian Science Monitor, March 16, 1993. http://www.csmonitor.com/layout/set/r14/1993/0316/16012.html
  4. ^ a b c Daniel Benjamin & Steven Simon (2002). The Age of Sacred Terror. Random House. ISBN 978-0375508592.
  5. ^ Graff, Garrett M. (2011). The Threat Matrix: The FBI at War in the Age of Global Terror. New York, NY: Little, Brown and Company. pp. 169–170. ISBN 978-0-316-06861-1.
  6. ^ "Trade Center Bombers Get Prison Terms of 240 Years". The New York Times. May 25, 1994. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  7. ^ Gil Shefler (2010-08-15). "Sharon was Kahane killer's target". The Jerusalem Post.

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