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2 Arrested After Boarding United Flight With Mock Bomb

Yemeni nationals believed to be carrying out 'dry run'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2010 10:52 PM CDT
Updated Aug 31, 2010 7:44 AM CDT

(Newser) – Dutch police are questioning two Yemeni nationals suspected of carrying out a "dry run" for a terrorist attack. The men were held after arriving in Amsterdam on a United Airlines flight that departed from Chicago. Ahmed Mohamed Nasser al Soofi was first stopped as he boarded a flight from Birmingham, Ala., to Chicago, ABC reports. US authorities found a cell phone taped to a Pepto-Bismol bottle, three cell phones taped together, several watches taped together, a box cutter, and three large knives in his luggage, but cleared him for the flight.

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Once in Chicago, he was joined by Hezem al Murisi, but officials became more suspicious after learning that, though Soofi was headed to Amsterdam, he had checked his bags onto a flight to Yemen via Dubai and Washington, DC, that he did not board himself. Their plane was ordered back to the gate and the luggage removed; the two then flew to Amsterdam, where Dutch officials say the men were detained at the request of American authorities and charged with "preparation of a terrorist attack."
(Read more Ahmed Mohamed Nasser al Soofi stories.)

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