Letter tied to blast at trade center

March 28, 1993

Law enforcement officials say they have determined that a letter from the "Liberation Army Fifth Battalion" claiming responsibility for the explosion at the World Trade Center last month is genuine and that it contains the first hard evidence of a motive -- resentment against U.S. policy in the Mideast.

It was prepared, they say, by one of the five suspects who are now in custody.

The letter, which was sent to the New York Times four days after the bombing, threatens further attacks on U.S. facilities, both civilian and military, including "nuclear targets," if U.S. policy goes unchanged.

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