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Saudi Man Arrested at Detroit Airport With Pressure Cooker


After the Boston bombers used pressure cookers (an al Qaeda favorite) to murder three people and wound 264 more at the Boston Marathon last month, you'd think a story like this may even catch the attention of the mainstream media.

From The Detroit News:

Federal agents have arrested a Saudi Arabian traveler who arrived at Detroit Metropolitan Airport with a pressure cooker, a key component used in the Boston Marathon bombings last month.

Hussain Al Kwawahir appeared for a brief hearing at 1 p.m. in federal court on charges he allegedly used an altered passport and lied to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agent about the pressure cooker.

It was unclear Monday whether his arrest is terrorism related or a misunderstanding. But the prosecutor handling the case is Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Tukel, who prosecuted the terror case against underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.

"I am in the dark, too," said Rita Chastang, his court-appointed lawyer.

U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade declined comment on the particulars of the case or whether there are any links to terrorism.

Fair enough. But right now, things sound mighty fishy:

Al Kwawahir arrived at the airport Saturday from Saudi Arabia, via Amsterdam, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday in federal court.

He told agents he was visiting his nephew, who attends the University of Toledo. During baggage inspection, officers noticed a page missing from Al Kwawahir's passport.

Al Kwawahir told officers he did not know how the page was removed from the passport.

During the baggage exam, officers found a pressure cooker.

Al Kwawahir said he brought the pressure cooker for his nephew because the devices are not sold in the United States, according to the complaint.

Later, he changed his story and admitted that his nephew had purchased a pressure cooker in the U.S. but it was cheap and broken.

More to come on this story.

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