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Security officials detained an Egyptian-American at Cairo International Airport earlier this afternoon after finding several weapons in his luggage, according to an Associated Press report.
The man arrived on an Egypt Air flight from New York's JFK International Airport.
From the AP story: “[Police] officials said the man was taken into custody as he tried to pass through customs with a metal box containing two 9 mm handguns, 250 bullets, several swords, daggers and knives.”
An official at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo said only that consular services “are aware that an American-Egyptian had been detained,” but declined to provide additional details about the passenger because of privacy concerns.
Egypt’s independent daily newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm, however, quoting anonymous sources, has published the name of the detained man, “Mohamed Ibrahim Khalf, a professor of botany at a U.S.-based school.”
Egyptian customs officials routinely search incoming passenger luggage at Cairo’s airport.
How the man got weapons through airport security in New York, in light of the heightened alert after December's failed attack by the so-called "underwear bomber," will almost certainly be the focus in days to come.