Egyptians charged with transporting explosives in US

Two Egyptian engineering students in Florida were charged Friday with transporting explosives and one of them with offenses linked to terrorism, state authorities said.

Egyptians charged with transporting explosives in US
Authorities did not say whether the suspects had planned any attacks with the explosives nor whether they had any links to terrorist groups, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation was investigating the case.

"The local, state and federal partnership prevented a potential danger, possibly saving the lives of countless Americans," state Governor Charlie Crist said in a statement.

The two, Ahmed Abdellatif Sherif Mohamed, 24, and Youssef Samir Megahed, 21 -- both students at the University of Tampa, on study visas -- were arrested on August 4 after police found explosives in their car.

They were arrested in Goose Creek, South Carolina, near a US naval base where terrorism suspects are held. They told police they were heading for the beach and had bought fireworks.

After a three-week investigation, a Tampa court charged them with crossing state lines with explosives.

Mohamed, a faculty assistant, will also face terrorism charges since he was accused of teaching uses of explosives which could be applied in a possible terrorist attack. The charge carries a possible jail term of 20 years.

The two are due to appear in court in Charleston, South Carolina, next week

AFP
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