Mohand al-Shehri still alive?

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Soon after the 9/11 attacks the Saudis claimed that several of the alleged hijackers, including Mohand al-Shehri, were still alive and had nothing to do with the attacks.

This was only six days after the FBI released the first hijacker list, however, and that had very little to say about al-Shehri.

The official FBI list with photographs wouldn't appear until the 27th of September, and even then little had been added.

There's not much to go on here. How could Saudi Arabia identify this individual with any degree of certainty?

In any event, further information soon appeared in the Arab press.

More name variations (although translating Arabic into the Roman alphabet is an inexact science, perhaps contributing to the problem), and a different age from the alleged hijacker's passport (he would have been 22), but there is a missing man who the family accept may have been there (if only as a victim).

Neil Doyle subsequently posted a video (originally at, link now dead) purporting to include a brief interview with Mohamed Faiz al-Shehri, father of the hijacker.

Mohand al-Shehri Father 2.jpg

The video was in Arabic, however we were given this translation:

The picture was completed when audi Arabia finally accepted that the list of hijackers was correct:

And as such, any story that Mohand Alshehri is still alive will need considerably more than their earlier statement, if it’s to be taken seriously.