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Iracle Center BomwrngrRe eek 'Clarity of Motive' o Ryder employees, had arrived ck up the van in a red GM sedan accompanied by a companion. r officials said that roughly two s after the explosion, Salameh ared at the office and claimed van had been stolen the night re. He asked for his $400 dam- deposit, but was told he must file a police report. llameh's name was already in the s files. In 1990 he had demon- :ed publicly on behalf of El-Say- ' osair, an Islamic firebrand who been charged with, and acquitted he 1991 slaying of Jewish De- e League founder Meir Kahane. meh had visited Nosair at the prison in Attica, N.Y., where he serving a sentence on lesser ges, ilameh gave investigators a par- ar suspect to consider, and, as )rtant, drew their attention to a p of activists who orbited ugh the larger Islamic commu- in New York and New Jersey attended the Abu Bakr mosque Brooklyn and the Al-Salam que in Jersey City. Rahman had ched at both mosques. he FBI had not previously con- red these activists to be terror- merely passionate militants. Yet FBI had access to intelligence rmation about them gathered as' esult of at least three occur- :es: the prosecution of Nosair; emergence of Rahman as a pres- in the New Jersey-New York uric community; and the 1991 -der of Mustafa Shalabi. 'he Nosair trial was a watershed it among Middle Eastern mili- s in New York. Kahane, a hero to y Jewish radicals, was viewed as mbol of Zionist oppression to Is- ic radicals. During the trial, the I groups staged demonstrations, on onnosite sides of the rniirt- ment blames the Islamic Group for a series of bombings and murders, most especially the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in 1981. Egyptian security forces are en- gaged in a massive, nationwide crackdown aimed at fundamentalist militants, including members of the Islamic Group. The government has jailed 700 suspected extremists in response to a wave of violence that has left nearly 150 people dead, at the hands of either police or extrem- ists. Before he emigrated to the United States, Rahman was acquitted of in- volvement in Sadat's death, but an FBI intelligence briefing during the Persian Gulf War persuaded at least one senior official to believe that he posed a potentially serious threat from his new base in New Jersey. When Rahman arrived in the Unit- ed States, Shalabi found him a res- idence. Thereafter, they raised funds for the Afghan resistance, but ulti- mately had a falling out, according to published statements by several as- sociates. In March 1991, Shalabi was found dead in his Brooklyn home, shot and knifed. There have been no arrests. In addition, five months before the trade center bombing, about 20 members of the two mosques who attended Nosair's trial or visited him at Attica were subpoenaed by a fed- eral grand jury, according to the New York Times. Ahmed A. Satta, a postal worker, told the Times that FBI agents grilled him about Nosair, Shalabi and Rahman. To officials, then, the circumstan- tial clues being gathered by agents in New Jersey seemed to fit into a larg- ease 2003/01/17WUR 'TR E9 Jc5BQ