Port Angeles: Man who brought explosives on ferry tells of plot in N.Y. trial

The Algerian who brought powerful explosives into Port Angeles testified Tuesday at the New York trial of an alleged accomplice.

Ahmed Ressam, already convicted for bringing 100 pounds of timing devices, nitroglycerin-like substances and other bomb-making materials off the ferry MV Coho in December 1999, said he targeted Los Angeles International Airport for its political and economic importance — and because he had once passed through it.

Ressam, 34, took the stand at the trial of Mokhtar Haouari, testifying that he plotted the bombing to fulfill a religious edict to attack Americans around the world just before the millennium.

Haouari, a 32-year-old fellow Algerian, is accused of conspiring to help Ressam carry out the terror plot.

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