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FBI Releases Photos, Seeks Public Tips

Date: May 27, 2004
Source: ABC Newc

Attorney General John Ashcroft today called the effort part of a "national neighborhood watch," hoping that someone, somewhere will recognize one of the photos and lead investigators to some of the terrorists' associates.

FBI Director Robert Mueller suggested those accomplices might be planning further terrorist attacks in the United States.

"Our primary focus is on preventing potential future attacks," he said. "We are working hard to identify and locate associates of the hijackers who may pose a threat to this nation."

Investigators are also trying to determine whether the names they have attached to the faces are in fact the true identities of the hijackers.

"What we are currently doing is determining whether, when these individuals came to the United States, these were their real names," Mueller said.

Ashcroft and Mueller said more than 100,000 tips had been phoned in or e-mailed to the FBI since the Sept. 11 attacks and that agents were pursuing some 200,000 leads in connection with the investigation.

With the release of today's photos, they are hoping to generate even more.

Anyone with information should call 1-866-483-5137 or visit the FBI's special Web site,

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