Thursday, April 21, 2005

Weapons may be linked to terror alert subject

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Authorities have recovered several weapons believed to have belonged to a British national who was the subject of an Atlanta Joint Terrorism Task Force special alert earlier this month.

The task force alert warned that Zayead Christopher Hajaig, who took flight lessons at the Gwinnett County Airport/Briscoe Field during 2002, should not be allowed to rent or fly planes, or take flight lessons.

Hajaig left the United States before FBI and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents could question him, said Gregory Jones, the special agent in charge of the FBI's Atlanta office.

On Wednesday, Jones said that during the investigation of Hajaig, joint task force agents learned that he may have possessed "a number" of weapons, and that one or more of those weapons may have been disposed of in the Chattahoochee River north of Atlanta.

Jones said the Cobb County police dive team searched the river on Tuesday and found a handgun believed to have belonged to Hajaig, who has been questioned in the United Kingdom but has not been charged.

Two other weapons thought to have belonged to Hajaig were recovered in separate locations prior to Tuesday's river search, Jones said.
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