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$5 Million Reward for Terrorists In 1986 Hijacking

Two Americans were killed



    $5 Million Reward for Terrorists In 1986 Hijacking

    The government is upping the ante in the hunt for hijackers terrorists who struck a New York bound-plane over 20 years ago.

    The U.S. State Department has just put out a $5 million reward for information that leads law enforement to capture the four suspected terrorists who took over Pan Am Flight 73, on it's way from Bombay, India, in 1986.

    The attack left 20 people dead and 120 injured.

    U.S. officials say Pakistan released the four suspects from prison last  year and now their whereabouts are not known.

    Pakistan held jurisdiction because the flight was en route from India to Pakistan, when the assault took place. It was going to stop in Frankfurt, Germany before ultimately arriving in JFK airport.

    The terror suspects were dressed as Pakistani security officials and stormed the plane using guns and grenades. One of two U.S. citizens killed was shot execution-style when the terrorists demand for a new flight crew was not immediately met.

    The hijackers had wanted to take the plane to Cyprus, but Pakistani troops raided the aircraft eventually ending the bloody seige. 

    U.S. officials said they are looking for Wadoud Muhammad hafiz al-Turki, Jamal Saeed Abdul Rahim, Muhammad Hussain ar-Rahayyal and Muhammed Ahmed al-Munawar.

    In addition to the two Americans killed, 13 Indians, 2 Mexicans and 3 Pakistanis were killed in the attack. 

    Since 1984, the State Department's "Rewards for Justice" program has paid out more than $80 million dollars for information that led to the tracking down of wanted terrorists.