Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Three Muslim Men Arrested in Texas with Photos of Courthouses and Water Systems from Around the U.S. Found in their Van


Three Muslim men in their twenties are being questioned by authorities after they were arrested inside the Bexar County Courthouse in San Antonio, Texas, at 2am on Wednesday.
Two of the men crawled through a window to get into the courthouse.
A third man was found waiting inside a RV parked close to the court.
The men are to be quizzed by the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the joint terrorism task force.
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Well travelled: The vehicle the three men had been using. Police found documents and photos from all over the U.S.
Well travelled: The vehicle the three men had been using. Police found documents and photos from all over the U.S.
A two-square-block area of San Antonio around the Courthouse was immediately blocked off, officials said.
Bomb sniffing dogs were used throughout the building and the RV.
The streets were reopened about two hours later, Reuters reports.
The men are described as French-Moroccan Muslims, aged 12, 24 and 25.
Facing interrogations: A suspect is patted down by an officer outside the courthouse in San Antonio, Texas, at 2am on Wednesday
Facing interrogations: A suspect is patted down by an officer outside the courthouse in San Antonio, Texas, at 2am on Wednesday
Inside the van, officials say they found 'photographs of infrastructure.'
They include pictures of shopping malls, water systems, courthouses and other public buildings which they say were taken in cities nationwide.
 
San Antonio Police Captain Cris Andersen said: 'They got travel documents, parking passes, they have been all over the country.
'There was a lot of photographic equipment, a lot of documentation equipment inside their vehicle.'
Records show the three men entered the country legally on visas from Heathrow Airport in London. 
Cuffed: A man is guarded by a police officer as he sits outside the courthouse with his hands behind his back
Cuffed: A man is guarded by a police officer as he sits outside the courthouse with his hands behind his back
Officials did not immediately know how long the men have been in the U.S., or what places they may have visited.
One officer said the men told him they climbed to the fourth floor of the courthouse 'to get a better view of the city.'
San Antonio hosts a military intelligence convention at the city's Convention Center several blocks away on Wednesday.
Top intelligence officials, including White House officials, are scheduled to speak.

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Wed Oct 19 04:58:52 PDT 2011

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