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Saudi Traveler Arrested at Detroit Metro Airport with Pressure Cooker

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A man was arrested at Detroit Metro Airport over the weekend after a pressure cooker was discovered in his baggage and according to the Detroit Free Press, federal agents also determined the man to be using an altered passport.

Hussain Al Khawahir arrived at Metro Airport on Friday from Saudi Arabia via Amsterdam. In the baggage area he was interviewed by two customs agent who noticed a page had been removed from his passport. Khawahir initially told agents he would be visiting his nephew at University of Toledo. When the pressure cooker was found in his luggage, Khawahir said he brought it for his nephew because pressure cookers are not sold in Saudi Arabia. He later changed his story and said his nephew had purchased a pressure cooker in America before but it was cheap and had broken after the first use.

Khawahir was then read his Miranda Rights by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer and was taken into custody. He is scheduled to make an appearance in federal court this afternoon in Detroit on charges of knowingly using an altered passport and making false statements about the pressure cooker in order to gain entry into the U.S.

Pressure cookers were used during last month’s bombings at the Boston Marathon.

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