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FBI STILL HUNTING FOR 1986 PAN AM FLIGHT HIJACKERS WHO KILLED 20, INCLUDING NEERJA BHANOT, RELEASES THEIR ‘AGE-PROGRESSED’ PHOTOS

The Hush Post:  Three decades after the 1986 hijack of Pan Am Flight 73 that killed 20 people, including Indian flight attendant Neerja Bhanot, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Friday released “age-progressed” (how they would look like now, which means 31years after committing the crime) photographs of four alleged hijackers. Each of them are on the list of FBI’s most wanted terrorists. These images were created by the FBI laboratory using age-progression technology and original photographs obtained by them in 2000, a media release said.

The Department of State Rewards for Justice Programme has offered a reward of up to $5 million each for information leading to the arrest of the alleged hijackers.  Each of these individuals are believed to have been members of the Abu Nidal Organisation (ANO), previously on the US State Department’s list of designated Foreign Terrorist Organisations.

Bhanot, who headed the attendants on the flight, lost her life while protecting the passengers. She was posthumously awarded the Ashok Chakra for her bravery. The alleged hijackers are Wadoud Muhammad Hafiz al-Turki, Jamal Saeed Abdul Rahim, Muhammad Abdullah Khalil Hussain ar- Rahayyal, and Muhammad Ahmed al-Munawar.

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