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Suspected terrorist's will details final wishes

Requests burial 'next to good Muslims'

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Mohamed Atta, the suspected leader of the September 11 hijackings in the United States, left behind a will that said he wanted to be buried "next to good Muslims" and that he wanted one-third of his money "donated to the poor and needy."

The will, obtained by German magazine Der Spiegel and translated into English and confirmed to CNN by investigative sources, was found in a bag at Logan Airport that never made into American Airlines Flight 11.

"Those who will sit beside my body must remember Allah, God and pray for me to be with the angels," the will says. "I don't want pregnant women or a person who is not clean to come and say goodbye to me because I don't approve of it."

It adds: "I don't want women to go to my funeral or later to my grave."

Law enforcement sources have said Atta piloted flight 11, the first jet to strike on September 11. It slammed into the north tower of the World Trade Center. Ninety-two people were aboard the plane.

The sources have said Atta is believed to have been the ringleader of the attacks in the United States and that he had at least $100,000 from Pakistan wired to him in the last year.

Atta's will, written in 1996, shows he had planned for years to die in the name of Islam.

"I only want to be buried next to good Muslims, my face should be directed east toward Mecca," the will says. "A third of my money would be donated to the poor and needy. My books, I will give to one of the mosques."


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