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Mohammed Nour al-Din Saffi (36), a New Zealand citizen and an engineer with national carrier Air New Zealand, was enrolled for a
re-certification course for his pilot's license.
However, he entered the US on a tourist visa, though he was required to have a student visa.
He was picked up by authorities as the training school he was to attend was allegedly used by the hijackers involved in the September 11 terrorist attacks.
A spokesman for New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark said the government had 'no evidence that he is connected to terrorist activities or to terrorist organisations'.
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