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15 Hijackers Got Visas in Saudi: Fifteen of the 19 hijackers in the Sept. 11 attacks obtained U.S. visas in Saudi Arabia, where most citizens seeking to visit the United States are quickly approved without interviews, American officials said yesterday. Only 3 percent of Saudi visa applicants were turned down by U.S. consular officers in that country in fiscal 2000 and 2001, according to State Department figures. Saudis seeking visitors' visas generally submit their paperwork to travel agencies, and only a small minority are called in by U.S. diplomats for interviews, officials said. In contrast, about 25 percent of U.S. visa seekers worldwide are rejected.

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