2002 Los Angeles Airport shooting

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The 2002 Los Angeles Airport shooting was a terrorist attack by a lone gunman on an airline ticket counter at Los Angeles International Airport.

On July 4, 2002, Hesham Mohamed Hadayet, a 41-year-old Egyptian national, opened fire on a line of people at the El Al Airline airport ticket counter, killing two and wounding four others at Los Angeles International Airport. He was shot dead by a security guard for the Israeli airline. The FBI concluded this was terrorism, although the gunman acted alone.[1]

In September 2002, federal investigators concluded that Hadayet hoped to influence U.S. government policy in favor of the Palestinians, and that the incident was a terrorist act.[2][3]

The attack was similar to the Rome and Vienna Airport Attacks.


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  1. "FBI, Justice: El Al attack was terrorism". CNN. 2003-04-12. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 
  2. "Federal investigators: L.A. airport shooting a terrorist act". CNN. 2002-09-05. Retrieved 2010-04-21. 
  3. CNN report on the shooting