Cuba: We Busted 4 Miami Residents in Terror Plot

Exiles sought to attack military installations: officials

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted May 7, 2014 10:59 AM CDT

(Newser) – Four Cuban exiles based in Miami have been arrested for allegedly planning terrorist acts in Cuba, Reuters reports. The country's interior ministry says the suspects—Jose Ortega Amador, Obdulio Rodriguez Gonzalez, Raibel Pacheco Santos, and Felix Monzon Alvarez—were targeting military installations "with the objective of furthering violent actions," WPLG reports. They have admitted to the plot, Cuba says, and have ties to another Cuban exile in Miami: Luis Posada Carriles, who is wanted in the 1976 bombing of a Cubana Airlines plane.

The suspects were reportedly arrested in Cuba on April 26; it's unclear why the news wasn't made public until late yesterday. The media statement on the arrests noted that three of the men have traveled throughout the island several times since mid-last year in preparation for the planned attack. The news comes as Cuba launched its International Tourism Fair, aimed at bolstering the country's second-biggest industry, Fox News reports

Cuba's President Raul Castro waves to workers as he watches the May Day march in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, May 1, 2014.   (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco, Cubadebate)
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