Wail al-Shehri (1973–2001) was one of five hijackers of American
Airlines Flight 11, which was flown into the North Tower of the World
Trade Center as part of the September 11 attacks (memorial pictured). He
and his younger brother Waleed joined an Al-Qaeda training camp in
Afghanistan in March 2000. They were chosen, along with other Saudis, to
participate in the attacks. Shehri returned to Saudi Arabia in October
2000 to obtain a clean passport and went back to Afghanistan before
arriving in the United States in early June 2001. He stayed in motels in
the Boynton Beach area of south Florida. On September 5, 2001, Shehri
traveled to Boston and checked into a motel with his brother. Six days
later, he arrived early in the morning at Boston's Logan International
Airport and boarded American Airlines Flight 11. Shehri, his brother
and three other hijackers deliberately crashed the airliner into the
North Tower at 8:46 a.m.
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