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More Details On 2 Muslim Bomb Suspects In SC

From those defenders of the faith at the Associated Press:


Messieurs Yousef Megahed and Ahmed Mohamed

Two Men Held on Bomb Suspicion

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (AP) — Two men were detained after police found a suspicious item in their car during a routine traffic stop near Charleston and detonated it, authorities said Sunday.

The men, who had been stopped for speeding, were being held pending a charge of unlawful possession of an explosive device, said Berkeley County sheriff’s Lt. Vince Lombard. The men have been identified as Yousef Megahed and Ahmed Mohamed. Neither are on any suspected terrorist list, and police did not indicate whether they believe the devices were meant for terror-related purposes.

Lombard would not say what the device was or what bomb technicians from neighboring Charleston County exploded about 2:45 a.m. Sunday. The item made a loud bang, similar to a firecracker, when it was demolished.

No charges had been filed as of Sunday afternoon, Berkeley County Chief Deputy Butch Henerey told The Post and Courier of Charleston for a story posted on its Web site Sunday.

A terrorism task force is reviewing evidence, said FBI spokesman Richard Kolko.

“At this point, it is too early in the investigation to say there is any link to terrorism,” Kolko said.

He referred questions about the suspects, whom he did not identify, to local authorities…

An FBI spokesmen said no more information would be released until Monday…

So typical, except that the AP finally gave the names of the Muslims involved.

The item made a loud bang, similar to a firecracker, when it was demolished.

Uh, huh. It was just fireworks.

Meanwhile, Mr. Andrew McCarthy at the National Review has added some minor details:

Initially, there was a report that one completed bomb and other explosives related compounds were found.  Later reports indicate that police found PVC (polyvinyl Chloride) piping (which can be used in making pipe bombs but also has many other industrial uses), model rocket motors (model rocket engine igniters can also be used as charges for pipe bombs), and other “suspicious” materials which have not been revealed yet (to make pipe bombs you would need some kind of explosive substance).

Mr. McCarthy adds:

A CAIR spokesman says it’s all a misunderstanding according to the family — the two men are “really naive kids” who were riding around on a pleasure trip to South Carolina in a car that happened to have fireworks left over from the 4th of July.

Obviously these two engineering students were just hardcore fireworks enthusiasts.

That surely is the only possible explanation.


The latest from the Associated Press:

2 charged in SC with incendiary device



MONCKS CORNER, S.C.—Two young Middle Eastern men arrested near a Navy base after police found a suspicious item in their car were charged Monday with possession of an incendiary device, authorities said.

A joint state-federal investigation was under way to see if there was any terrorism connection but no link had been found yet, said FBI spokeswoman Denise Taiste. The Navy base is the site of a brig where enemy combatants have been held.

Ahmed Abda Sherf Mohamed, 24, and Yousef Samir Megahed, 21, both students at the University of South Florida in Tampa, were being held Monday pending a bail hearing, Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt said.

"They admitted to having what they said were fireworks. Based on the officer’s judgment at hand, based on what he had seen, we judged it to be other than fireworks," DeWitt said.

The sheriff refused to say what was found in the car but said some items were being analyzed by the FBI. Taiste would not give any details on what was in the vehicle.

Mohamed is a native of Kuwait and Megahed is Egyptian, the sheriff said. Both are in the country legally but it was not clear if they were U.S. citizens, DeWitt said.

The two men were stopped for speeding Saturday night near Goose Creek on U.S. Highway 176.

Goose Creek is the site of the Naval Weapons Station, which houses the U.S. Naval Consolidated Brig, a military prison where enemy combatants have been held. They were heading west, away from Goose Creek, when they were pulled over about seven miles from the sprawling Navy facility, police said.

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.

One item found in the car was destroyed by bomb technicians, making a loud bang when it was detonated…

Just as we thought. They were just a couple of kids with firecrackers.

By the time this is all over they will have scored a couple million dollars for being "profiled" by the racist redneck South Carolina police.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, August 6th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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