1.The Sept. 11 hijackers probably used gas or spray such as mace against passengers and crew on the first plane to hit the World Trade Center, an FBI
agent told a German court Tuesday.
2. FBI special agent Matthew Walsh, giving evidence at the trial of Mounir El Motassadeq, the first suspected conspirator to stand trial, said a stewardess on board had said in a telephone conversation that she wasshavingstrouble breathing.
3. Walsh told the court in Hamburg the American Airlines stewardess said a number of people had been stabbed.
4. "She also stated it was very hard to breathe, so we assume that mace or another gas was used," he said. "Mace is an irritant spray commonly used to ward off assailants.
注：Ward off:抵挡 assailant:进攻者
In cautious testimony, he told the court the stewardess called in details of the hijack shortly before the crash, the first of four that killed a total of about 3,000 people.
"On the telephone she said she saw these people stabbing a passenger as well as other flight crew," he said. "The passenger in 10B had stabbed the passenger in front of him. She thought the passenger was already dead.
"I believe he had his throat cut,"