According to The New York Daily News, Federal agents have arrested Hussain Al Khawahir, a Saudi Arabian national, at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, who reportedly had; a pressure cooker in his luggage as well as a page missing from his passport.
Pressure cookers were transformed into bombs which were later used in the Boston Marathon bombings last month.
Khawahir, appeared for a brief hearing at 1 p.m. in federal court today on charges he allegedly used an altered passport and lied to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agent about the pressure cooker.
It’s still not known if the situation is terrorism related or a misunderstanding. However, they appear to have assigned Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Tukel. Tukel, is the same prosecutor who prosecuted the terror case against underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.
Said Rita Chastang, his court-appointed lawyer,
“I am in the dark, too,”
U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade would not comment on whether there are any links to terrorism.
“We never want to jump to conclusions and read more into a situation than is there, but we want to make sure all cases are fully investigated to protect the public,”
There is another detention set for 1 p.m. Tuesday. at that time, a federal magistrate judge will decide whether Al Khawahir will be released on bond.
The Urban Daily will update this story as information becomes available.
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