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FBI probing Atta's visit to Pakistan

Onkar Singh in New Delhi

Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to intelligence officials in Delhi, are now investigating if Mohammad Atta, one of the suicide hijackers involved in the September 11 attacks, visited Pakistan weeks before the September 11 attack on the World Trade Centre.

An international news channel ran an investigative report on the latest developments in the attack on America on Wednesday.

According to the report, Atta had two unknown visitors, who were seen with him in his hotel room in Hamburg.

The identity of the two visitors is still under investigation, said the report.

The sleuths of the FBI have also tracked down a public phone booth in Karachi from where someone had called Mohammad Atta three times within a few days.

The investigators are looking for the man who made the calls.

Ahmed Omar Sayed Sheikh, one of the Kashmiri militants who wired $100,000 to Mohammad Atta, could have used the public booth to get in touch with Atta, said Indian sleuths.

According to them, Atta and his accomplices did visit Pakistan and went right up to Afghanistan border to meet someone just a few weeks before the September 11 attack.

The officials believe Atta and his associates met Osama bin Laden at the border.

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