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NJ State Police Warn Travelers To Cuba To Be On Lookout For Cop Killer

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) -- The head of the New Jersey State Police is warning potential tourists to Cuba to be on the lookout for terrorists there, including a woman who was convicted in the 1973 killing of a trooper.

Col. Rick Fuentes posted a message to Facebook on Thursday ahead of President Barack Obama's planned trip to Cuba.

***PLEASE SHARE*** Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, has been unwaivering in his efforts to have Joanne Chesimard, a.k.a. Assata Shakur, returned to New Jersey to serve out the remainder of her prison sentence for the murder of Trooper Werner Foerster in 1973. For the first time, Colonel Fuentes is directly addressing our social media audience with a dire warning for U.S. citizens planning a trip to Cuba. We are asking our extended social media family to both like and share this post to help spread the word. We will not rest until Joanne Chesimard and the other terrorist fugitives roaming free in Cuba are returned to the United States. #ReturnChesimard

Posted by New Jersey State Police on Thursday, March 17, 2016

It's the latest effort in Fuentes' push for the return of Joanne Chesimard, who was convicted in the killing of Trooper Werner Foerster.

Chesimard, who was described by the FBI as a member of the Black Liberation Army, was convicted of killing Foerster in 1977 and sentenced to life in prison. She escaped from prison in 1979 and made her way to Cuba, where she was granted asylum by Fidel Castro.

Chesimard and three other fugitives in Cuba are responsible for the deaths of 17 police officers, five American civilians, two servicemen and 159 bombings, Fuentes said.

Cuba Fugitives
Four terrorist fugitives living in Cuba. (credit: New Jersery State Police)

"Our relationship with Cuba is changing and as a matter of public safety I believe that all those considering travel to Cuba need to be aware that four dangerous fugitive terrorists are living free and protected on the island," Fuentes said.

Chesimard currently lives under the name Assata Shakur, and was added to the the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist List in 2013.

She is New Jersey's most wanted fugitive. There's a $2 million bounty for information leading to her capture.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie last year proposed blocking flights out of Newark Liberty International Airport to Cuba until Chesimard is returned to the United States to face trial. The proposal has been debated by experts on how it would affect the state's economy.

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