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
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
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.