Sep 19, 2019

American Airlines sabotage mechanic 'has possible IS links'

An American Airlines mechanic charged with sabotaging an aircraft in July has possible links to the Islamic State group, US prosecutors say. Two witnesses gave differing accounts about Mr Alani's brother - one colleague said Mr Alani had travelled to Iraq to meet his brother, who was an IS member, but his roommate said Mr Alani had travelled there because his brother had been kidnapped. Prosecutors did not provide evidence that Mr Alani had a brother in IS, media reports said. Mr Alani told authorities that he was upset at a stalled contract dispute between the union and American Airlines, which he said had affected him financially. The naturalised US citizen, who has worked as an airline mechanic for 30 years, did eventually work overtime to help fix the plane.

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