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FBI Adds Assata Shakur to Most-wanted List

May 3, 2013

The FBI added a woman Thursday to its most-wanted terrorists list, making her the first female on the bureau's list of top terrorists, 40 years after she was convicted of killing a police officer.

Joanne Chesimard, alias Assata Shakur, was a prominent member of the Black Panther Party when a New Jersey state trooper was slain on May 2, 1973, the FBI said in a news release.

In addition to her membership in the Black Panther Party, Chesimard was in the Black Liberation Army, described as one of the most violent US militant organizations of the 1970s, claiming responsibility for the killings of several police officers throughout the country.

Chesimard, 65, was convicted of killing trooper Werner Foerster during a freeway traffic stop that turned violent. She was sentenced to prison but escaped in 1979 with help from a coalition of radical, domestic terrorist groups.

Since then Chesimard has been a federal fugitive. The FBI and the state of New Jersey are offering rewards totalling 2 million dollars for the capture of Chesimard, who now goes by the name Assata Shakur and is believed to be living in Cuba.

Chesimard's most wanted terrorist poster has been prepared in English and Spanish and can be viewed at

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Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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