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Shoe Bomber Alert Preceded Airport Shooting

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  • Greg Cannon
    http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/Investigation/story?id=1383832&CMP=OTC-RSSFeeds0312 EXCLUSIVE: Shoe Bomber Alert Preceded Airport Shooting Egyptian Man Had Been
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      EXCLUSIVE: Shoe Bomber Alert Preceded Airport Shooting
      Egyptian Man Had Been Stopped at New York Airport;
      Shoes Tested Positive for Explosive
      By Brian Ross and Chris Isham

      Dec. 7, 2005 — Federal law enforcement sources tell
      ABC News they had been on the alert for a possible
      shoe bomber when a federal air marshal opened fire at
      the Miami International Airport today.

      In today's incident, an agitated passenger claiming to
      have a bomb in his backpack was shot and killed by a
      federal air marshal, officials said. No bomb was
      found.

      Officials say a 50-year-old Egyptian man was stopped
      six days ago at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport.
      Sources say he had a suspicious pair of shoes that
      tested positive five times for the explosive substance
      TATP on the interior of his shoes between the heel and
      sole.

      Federal officials say the man's shoes are remarkably
      similar to those used by shoe bomber Richard Reid, who
      attempted to blow up an American Airlines jet over the
      Atlantic four years ago.

      The Egyptian man's destination was Des Moines, Iowa,
      sources say, and he claimed he was a student at Iowa
      State University in Ames.

      Strangely, after holding him overnight, airport
      security in New York released him. The FBI was
      notified after he was released. Now the FBI has put
      out a nationwide alert.
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