4 Threat Matrix: 'Dry run' terror plot discovered on US-bound flight to Amsterdam
Written by Wes Bruer on August 30, 2010 9:26 PM to 4 Threat Matrix
Available online at: http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/archives/2010/08/dry_run_terror_plot_discovered.php
Pictures of the two suspected terrorists, from ABC News.
Two Michigan men were detained in Amsterdam after arriving from Chicago and charged with "preparation of a terrorist attack." Ahmed Mohamed Nasser al Soofi and Hezam al Murisi raised eyebrows when officials found a knife, a box cutter, and a cell phone taped to a Pepto Bismol bottle in their checked luggage. From the AP:
Another U.S. law enforcement official who also spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive security matters said federal air marshals were on board the flight from Chicago to Amsterdam.
The law enforcement official said Al Soofi was questioned as he went through security in Birmingham, Ala., on his way to Chicago. He told the Transportation Security Administration authorities he was carrying a lot of cash, the official said. Screeners found $7,000 on him, but he was not breaking any law by carrying that much money.
Al Soofi was supposed to fly from Chicago to Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia, and then on to Amsterdam, the official said. But when he got to Chicago, he changed his travel plans to take a direct flight from Chicago to Amsterdam. Al Murisi also changed his travel plans in Chicago to take a direct flight to Amsterdam, raising suspicion among U.S. officials.