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More information has emerged in Germany about two of the suspected hijackers in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. A Hamburg university said Monday that one of the alleged hijackers studied aircraft engineering there. Ziad Jarrah, who was aboard the United Airlines plane that crashed in Pennsylvania last Tuesday, was a student at the University of Applied Sciences. Meanwhile, the University of Bonn said Marwan al-Shehhi, identified by the FBI as a hijacker on the United Airlines plane that hit the south tower of the World Trade Center, studied in a German-language program in 1997 and 1998 under the name Marwan Lekrab. He gave the United Arab Emirates as his home country. Al-Shehhi lived in a Bonn student residence in the first half of 1999, and passed an examination that summer aimed at demonstrating proficiency to apply to a Germany university, the Bonn university said in a statement. It described al-Shehhi as “a very reserved, orderly person.” Police sources said Sunday that investigators were looking into whether he had contacts with students. The university said that two Islamic groups at the university had never drawn attention through political actions. German authorities believe Jarrah, al-Shehhi and another suspected hijacker, Mohammed Atta, were part of a terrorist group formed in Hamburg at the beginning of this year to destroy high-profile U.S. targets. Jarrah, a Lebanese national, was reported missing by his girlfriend, who was placed under witness protection. German federal investigators say they found a suitcase containing “airplane-related documents” in the girlfriend’s apartment in Bochum. Atta and Al-Shehhi were students at Hamburg’s Technical University. All three left Germany last year to take flight lessons in the United States, investigators say. It is believed that they later returned to Hamburg. In Lebanon, Jarrah’s uncle, Jamal, says his nephew was a secular-minded student who drank alcohol, which is forbidden by Islam. Also Monday, the German federal prosecutor’s office said it had searched three more apartments — one in Hamburg and two in Bochum — in connection with the investigation. Spokesman Hartmut Schneider refused to give further details, although he said the action in Bochum Sunday involved “routine searches.” “At the moment, the aim is to clarify how the three suspected terrorists lived,” he added. Copyright 2001 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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