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Report: Detailed WTC Photos Found in Alleged Terrorist’s Home in 1990

May 27, 1993

NEW YORK (AP) _ Detectives found detailed photographs of the World Trade Center when they raided the apartment of the man charged with murdering Rabbi Meir Kahane in 1990, a newspaper reported today.

Citing an unidentified law-enforcement source, New York Newsday said investigators found the photos of the trade center when they searched the Cliffside, N.J., apartment of El Sayyid Nosair in November 1990, more than two years before the center was bombed.

They also found evidence linking Nosair to a terrorist group. Nosair was acquitted of shooting Kahane, head of the radical Jewish Defense League, but was convicted on related charges.

″We didn’t know what we were looking at,″ Newsday quoted the source as saying. ″Everybody dropped the ball.″

The source added, however, that the evidence did not indicate that the center was going to be the target of a terrorist attack.

Six men have been charged so far in the Feb. 26 bombing at the world’s second-tallest buildings. Six people were killed and more than 1,000 were injured.

Nosair attended the same Jersey City, N.J., mosque where several of the suspects worshiped and was visited by at least two of the suspects since he was jailed.

On Wednesday, a new, broader federal indictment was issued that added new details to the government’s case. It said the lone fugitive among the defendants, Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, 25, ordered chemicals including urea and nitric acid to be delivered to a New Jersey storage shed where prosecutors say bomb-making equipment was stored.

The chemicals used to make the bomb allegedly were ordered nearly three months before the blast, on the same day that another suspect, Mohammad Salameh, 25, rented the shed in Jersey City, N.J.

Prosecutors also claimed in the indictment that Salameh reported to police the day before the bombing that the van used to carry the bomb had been stolen. Previously, investigators have said Salameh didn’t report the van stolen until several hours after the explosion.

Besides Yousef and Salameh, the others charged with explosives crimes in the eight-count indictment Wednesday were Mahmud Abouhalima, 33, of Avenel, N.J., allegedly a key organizer of the bombing; Nidal Ayyad, 25, of Maplewood, N.J.; Ahmad Ajaj, 27; and Bilal Alkaisi, 26, of New York City.

All except Yousef, who authorities believe has fled the country, are being held without bail.

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