Explosives Charges Raise Terrorism Fears

Fla. college students busted in SC allegedly had pipe bomb
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2007 3:50 PM CDT
Explosives Charges Raise Terrorism Fears
Ahmed Abda Sherf Mohamed, 24, smiles at the cameras during a bond hearing with co-defendent Yousef Samir Megahed Monday Aug. 6, 2007, at the Berkeley County Court house in Moncks Corner, S.C. The two Middle Eastern men arrested near a Navy base after police found a suspicious item in their car were...   (Associated Press)

Two Florida college students who had an explosive device in the trunk of their car when they were stopped for speeding have been indicted on federal explosives charges, and one faces a charge of supporting terrorism, the Tampa Tribune reports. A legal expert called the indictment, unsealed today, "very bizarre because they almost sneak in terrorism."

Ahmed Mohamed and Youssef Megahed, who are from Egypt, were busted August 4 near a South Carolina military prison that houses enemy combatants. They've been in state custody while the FBI investigated, the AP reports. Mohamed, who faces the terrorism charge for teaching Megahed how to use the device, said they were carrying fireworks. (More pipe bomb stories.)

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