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First woman on FBI most wanted terrorist list

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Posted at 10:50 AM, May 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-02 12:50:59-04

(CNN) – A fugitive now in Cuba and wanted in the killing of a New Jersey state trooper 40 years ago has been placed on the FBI most wanted terrorist list, the first woman to be put there.

She is 65-year-old Joanne Chesimard, wanted in the killing of Trooper Werner Foerster on the New Jersey Turnpike on May 2, 1973, the FBI said. Rewards of $2 million have been offered for information leading to her capture and return.

Chesimard was a member of the Black Panther Party and later the Black Liberation Army, “described as one of the most violent militant organizations of 1970s,” the FBI said.

“The Black Liberation Army claimed responsibility for the murder of several police officers throughout the United States,” the FBI said in a statement.

Now known as Assata Shakur, Chesimard has been living in Cuba freely since 1984, the agency said.

“She attends government functions and her standard of living is higher than most Cubans,” the FBI said.

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