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Millions in reward money for hijacking

As much as $20 million was offered as a reward last week by the federal government for four men charged in the District of Columbia in connection with a 1986 hijacking in which two Americans were killed, the FBI said.

All five were arrested, convicted and sentenced to prison in Pakistan, where the hijacking occurred.

One was released in 2001, picked up by the the FBI and convicted in the U.S. The other four "were reportedly released from Pakistani custody" the FBI said. On Thursday the FBI said it was placing them on its Most Wanted Terrorists list.

This was done, the bureau said, in conjunction with a State Department announcement that a reward of up to $5 million each was being offered for information leading to the arrest or conviction of the four.

The FBI named them as:

  • Wadoud Muhammad Hafiz al-Turki, 54

  • Jamal Saeed Abdul Rahim, believed to be 44

  • Muhammad Abdullah Khalil Hussain ar-Rahayyal, 44; and

  • Muhammad Ahmed al-Munawar, 44.

The FBI said more information is available at the Rewards for Justice web site.

-- Martin Weil

By Martin Weil  |  December 8, 2009; 9:30 AM ET
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