Twee jonge moslims in het bezit van pipe bombs zijn aangehouden tijdens het observeren van de marinebasis Naval Weapons Station Charleston.
MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – Two men found with several pipe bombs in their car near a Navy base were charged Monday with possession of an explosive device, authorities said.
Ahmed Abda Sherf Mohamed, 24, and Yousef Samir Megahed, 21, admitted to having what they said were fireworks, Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt said.
Voordat details over de pipe bombs waren vrijgegeven begon een islamitische mensenrechtenorganisatie al te mekkeren dat de mannen aangehouden zijn omdat het moslims zijn.
Before details about the pipe bombs were released, the executive director of a civil rights organization for Muslims in Tampa criticized the arrest as racial profiling, an accusation South Carolina police denied.
Volgens CAIR – Council on American-Islamic Relations – hebben de mannen niets met terrorisme te maken. Als zij het zeggen moet het wel kloppen, want de organisatie wordt zelf verdacht van banden met terroristische organisaties.
“Definitely this is not related to terrorism,” said Ahmed Bedier of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
“Had these been two good ol’ boys from South Carolina driving through and speeding — and even if they did have some fireworks — nobody would have been arrested,” Bedier said.
Wat de jongens daar precies deden met hun zelfgemaakte pipe bombs, gemaakt van spullen van de Wal-Mart, wisten ze zelf ook niet.
Officers became suspicious because the men quickly put away a laptop computer and couldn’t immediately say what they were doing in the area or where they were going, DeWitt said.
A deputy then found what he thought were explosives in the 2000 Toyota Camry and called the bomb squad. Technicians confirmed the devices were pipe bombs and destroyed them, according to sworn statements in the arrest warrants.
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University spokesman Ken Gullette said Mohamed is a civil engineering graduate student who came to the school in January. He earned his undergraduate degree in Cairo and was in the country on a student visa.
Megahed, who has permanent resident status in the United States, is an undergraduate and has been at the university since 2004, but has not declared a major, Gullette said.
Neither has ever been arrested by campus police or disciplined by the university, Gullette said. Both were enrolled in classes this summer. Gullette said the university is cooperating with authorities.
If convicted of the felony charge, the men would face from two to 15 years in prison.