FBI Withdraws Hospital, Grocery Terror Threat


Federal authorities say the arrests of a California man suspected of involvement in terrorist training and his father were a prelude to further developments in the case, but they added they had found no evidence the men planned to carry out terrorist attacks, says the San Francisco Chronicle.. The two men — Hamid Hayat, 22, and his father, Umer Hayat, 47 — were arrested Sunday on charges of lying to the FBI after the younger Hayat was detained aboard a San Francisco-bound plane from the Far East when authorities discovered he was on a “no-fly” list of suspected Islamic extremists.

A seven-page FBI affidavit said Hamid Hayat admitted he had spent six months in an al Qaeda-run camp in Pakistan where he trained to “kill Americans,” using photos of high-ranking U.S. officials, including President Bush, as target practice. The FBI had first said that “potential targets for attack would include hospitals and large food stores,” but the bureau said yesterday it had “no information about specific threats to hospitals or food stores.”

Link: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/06/09/MNG7GD5RNH1.DTL

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