The U.S. Department of State has authorized a reward of up to $5 million each for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Wadoud Muhammad Hafiz al-Turki, Jamal Saeed Abdul Rahim, Muhammad Abdullah Khalil Hussain ar-Rahayyal, and Muhammad Ahmed al-Munawar — all believed to have been members of the Abu Nidal terrorist organization.
While on the ground in Karachi, Pakistan, Pan Am flight 73 was hijacked at approximately 6 a.m. on September 5, 1986 by members of the Abu Nidal Organization. The 379 passengers and crew, including at least 78 U.S. citizens, were on board the aircraft at the time of the hijacking. The flight crew escaped, leaving the plane immobile. The hijackers secured the airplane and made demands for a flight crew to fly the aircraft, hijackers, and passengers to Cyprus. During the hijacking, one American citizen was executed in the doorway of the plane. At the end of the hijacking, the hijackers opened fire on the passengers. At least 20 passengers were murdered, and more than 100 were seriously wounded.
Pakistani authorities arrested four suspects at the scene and later captured a fifth suspect who helped plan the attack. All five, including the four individuals subject to this reward offer, were tried, convicted and sentenced to prison in Pakistan.
In September 2001, Zayd Hassan Abd al-Latif Safarini, one the five convicted terrorists, was released by Pakistani authorities. He was later apprehended by the FBI and prosecuted in U.S. federal court. On December 16, 2003, Safarini agreed to a plea agreement offered by the U.S. Department of Justice. On May 13, 2005 he was sentenced to 160 years in prison.
In January 2008, the four hijackers subject to this reward offer were reportedly released from Pakistani custody. Wadoud Muhammad Hafiz al-Turki, Jamal Saeed Abdul Rahim, Muhammad Abdullah Khalil Hussain ar-Rahayyal, and Muhammad Ahmed al-Munawar have been charged in the District of Columbia for their role in the hijacking and remain at large.
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