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LAX Has 4-Decade History of Being a Target for Terror

Los Angeles doesn't have the World Trade Center or the Pentagon. Our landmarks, like the Hollywood sign or your favorite beach, often lack the kind of targets violence-crazed terrorists crave.

See also: Shooting at LAX Closes Terminal 3.

But then there's LAX. Crazies around the globe know about our international airport, because it's practically a mandated stop if you're coming here from overseas. Today's attack was one of many throughout the history of L.A. International:

Aug. 6, 1974: 37-year-old Yugoslavian immigrant Muharem Kurbegovic set a bomb off near the Pam Am ticketing counters of Terminal 2. Three people died and 36 were injured. Kurbegovic was dubbed the "Alphabet Bomber" because he threatened to attack locations in an alphabetical order that would spell out the name of his group, Aliens of America.

In 1973 he tried to set the homes to two L.A. police commissioners and a judge on fire.

Dec. 14, 1999: "Millennium Bomber" Ahmed Ressam was stopped as he tried to drive a rental car into Port Angeles, Washington from Canada. Inside the vehicle: 100 pounds of explosives intended for a New Year's Eve attack on LAX. Ressam, who says he was trained by al-Qaeda, was sentenced to 37 years behind bars.

July 4, 2002: As the attacks of Sept. 11 still reverberated, Egyptian Hesham Mohamed Hadayet opened fire at the El Al Airlines ticket counter, killing two and injuring three. He wasn't happy with U.S. support for Israel, and the FBI deemed the shooting to be a terrorist attack.

See also: Miguel Iniguez, LAX-Based Supervisor, Arrested in Dry Ice Device Scare.

Oct. 13, 2013: A dry ice "bomb" went off in an LAX restroom accessible only to employees. Two more devices were found the next day. The suspects, identified as LAX-based workers Dicarlo Bennett and Miguel Iniguez, were charged. But police said they don't believe the alleged crimes were acts of terror. Rather, one LAPD official, said, they were done for "prank curiosity."

Send feedback and tips to the author. Follow Dennis Romero on Twitter at @dennisjromero. Follow LA Weekly News on Twitter at @laweeklynews.


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