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Egyptian embassy paying for defense of one of USF students indicted on explosives charges

 

…plus other developments in the case.

 

As I posted earlier, the University of South Florida students have been indicted on federal explosives charges. Ahmed Mohamed, a civil engineering graduate student from Egypt, faces the most serious charge, demonstrating how to make explosives for use in violent crimes.

 

The indictment cites a terrorism statute, but a federal spokesman said terrorism activity was not a focus of the case. “At this point, we would not characterize it as a terrorism case,” said Steve Cole, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tampa. “We would classify it as an explosives case. In addition, USF has just announced the suspension of both students on a provisional basis because they may have violated school rules. (The St. Petersburg Times)

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