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Atwa, Ali (1960–)

aka Ammar Mansour Bouslim, Hassan Rostom Salim

Lebanese citizen Ali Atwa is perhaps best known as the would-be hijacker who was bumped from TWA Flight 847. Atwa was included on the FBI's October 2001 list of the 22 “most wanted terrorists” for his role in the 1985 hijacking, which developed into a several-week-long hostage ordeal and led to the death of a U.S. Navy officer.

An alleged member of Lebanese Hezbollah during the 1980s, Atwa is thought by the FBI to be living somewhere in Lebanon. Press reports have suggested that the death of Atwa's brother during an Israeli military operation in Sidon (in Lebanon) led him to begin training to take part in the TWA hijacking.

By his own admission to Greek authorities, Atwa planned on boarding TWA Flight 847 from Athens to Rome as its third hijacker on June 14, 1985. However, he ...

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