Mohammed al Modadi

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Qatar Should Reimburse US for Bomb Scare: GOP Rep.

Incident cost military, law enforcement thousands

(Newser) - The government of Qatar should foot the bill for the bomb scare aboard a Denver-bound airliner, a top Republican congressman says. “A lot of people kicked into action last night based on a perceived threat,” Michigan Rep. Pete Hoekstra, the ranking Republican on the House intelligence committee, noted... More »

Diplomat Won't Face Charges in Plane Scare

He was on his way to visit imprisoned al-Qaeda agent

(Newser) - Mohammed al Modadi is being released without charges after officials determined that he was just being sarcastic when he said he was lighting his shoes on fire. The Qatari diplomat aroused suspicion when he spent a long time in the bathroom on his plane. It appears he was only sneaking... More »

'Shoe Bomber' May Have Just Wanted a Smoke

Qatari diplomat detained, but may be 'misunderstanding'

(Newser) - Federal authorities found no explosives in the shoes of a diplomat from the Persian Gulf state of Qatar who was subdued by federal air marshals on a Washington-Denver flight tonight after he allegedly told them, “I’m lighting my shoes on fire.” A source tells the AP that... More »

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