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Policewoman's remains found at WTC

Compiled from Times wires
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 21, 2002

The remains of the only city policewoman killed in the World Trade Center attack were found Wednesday, along with those of two court officers and two Port Authority police officers.

Officer Moira Smith's name tag and shield were discovered near her remains at ground zero, police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

The names of the other officers were not immediately released.

Smith, 38, was the second policewoman killed in the line of duty in the history of the New York Police Department. She wasn't ordered to respond to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. She had been taking witness statements at a Manhattan police station and rushed downtown voluntarily.

Her voice was heard over a police radio, directing people out of the burning buildings as she helped an asthma victim. A news photographer captured her in her uniform, guiding a bleeding man to safety.

10 Iranians held in church bombing

Pakistani police have detained 10 Iranians for questioning about possible leads in the deadly grenade attack on a church in Islamabad, Interior Minister Tasneem Noorani said Wednesday.

Five of the Iranians were inside the Protestant International Church and were injured during the assault Sunday, according to an Interior Ministry official. The other five are related to the injured Iranians and were living in the diplomatic enclave near the church, the official said.

An Iraqi, one Afghan and several Pakistanis who were injured in the blasts also are being held for questioning by Pakistani and FBI investigators, according to authorities.

Gitmo detainees unwanted at home

Most countries whose nationals are being held at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base on allegations of having terrorist links aren't interested in getting them back, a U.S. general said Wednesday.

There are 300 men from 33 countries being held at this remote outpost in eastern Cuba. They are accused of having links either to the fallen Taliban regime of Afghanistan or the al-Qaida terrorist network.

"These are different than enemy POWs (who) come back as heroes when they return to their country of origin, and in this particular case, a majority of the countries are not interested in getting these people back," said Marine Brig. Gen. Michael Lehnert, the outgoing general who has been in charge of the detention mission at Guantanamo.

Some countries, however -- including Saudi Arabia -- have asked that their citizens be returned for prosecution.

Other news ...

AIRLINE SECURITY WOES: Argenbright Security has been replaced at American Airlines' busiest screening checkpoint at O'Hare International Airport.

The move comes almost three weeks after an Argenbright worker accidentally unplugged a metal detector in American's terminal at O'Hare. The lapse prompted the airport to have thousands of travelers rescreened.

Argenbright was replaced by Globe Security on Monday.

Meanwhile, for the second time in three weeks, a metal detector was accidentally unplugged at Logan International Airport Wednesday, triggering an evacuation of 750 passengers and delaying 11 flights.

It was the sixth time in the last month and the 10th time since November that unplugged metal detectors have caused the evacuation of one of the nation's 429 commercial airports.

DEBRIS BARGES PROTESTED: Dozens of students, parents and teachers gathered Wednesday to protest World Trade Center debris-hauling barges moored near their school.

Protesters said they are concerned about dust and diesel fumes from the debris-hauling operation, which also include trucks and heavy equipment.

FRENCH JAIL ALGERIAN: An Algerian man has been jailed in France for allegedly housing and recruiting members of the al-Qaida terrorist network, judicial officials said Wednesday.

Driss Saiad, 37, was arrested March 12 and was believed to have helped arrange housing for al-Qaida members in the Paris area before they left for Afghanistan, the officials said.

BIN-LADEN KIN SEARCHED: French police searched the Riviera villa of Osama bin Laden's half brother on Wednesday as part of a money-laundering investigation.

The Paris prosecutors office began the probe in December following allegations of money laundering raised by a division of the French Finance Ministry.

PAMPHLETS STIR STRUGGLE: In a sign the Taliban and al-Qaida are trying to revive operations, pamphlets calling for armed struggle against the United States and its coalition allies have begun circulating among Afghan refugees in Pakistan and in Afghanistan.

The pamphlets denounce the interim Afghan government of Hamid Karzai as "traitors to Islam" and warn Afghans and others who fight alongside the Americans that they will someday "suffer the consequences."

The pamphlets sometimes include allegations that Americans used chemical and biological weapons to kill thousands of people in last year's bombing campaign.

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