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Egypt customs nabs Kuwaiti with likely ‘terror-tied’ goods

KUWAIT CITY, April 30: Customs officers at the Cairo International Airport have allegedly foiled an attempt by a Kuwaiti man, identified only as A.B., for attempting to smuggle into the country electrical circuits for possible sabotage operations, reports Al-Rai daily quoting sources.

The daily added, the suspect arrived at the Egyptian airport aboard EgyptAir from Beirut. According to Egyptian sources when the man approached the customs counter he looked confused and customs officers after searching his baggage found a set of suspicious looking wires, electrical components, 9-volt batteries and a set of magnets from his bags. The same sources said the confiscated items have been referred to the explosives experts at the airport.

Meanwhile, other sources claiming anonymity said there is possibility the confiscated items could be used as electrical circuits, the type used in sabotage operations using a remote controlled device. The security sources said the suspect is in his 30s and has been referred to the Criminal Investigation Department and to the Homeland Security Department.

According to reports the passenger admitted to carrying the contraband but denied for wrongful purposes. He is even said to have tested them in front of detectives to confirm they were audio tools. However, the judicial sources said the passenger will be cross-examined to determine why he was carrying these tools.

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