FBI says arrested Jamaica-bound passenger had no terrorist links

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by Caribbean News Now Staff

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaican civil aviation officials are awaiting a report from their United States counterparts regarding an incident at the Miami International Airport involving a male passenger bound for Jamaica on Tuesday.

The Jamaica Observer reported on Wednesday that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has ruled out any terrorist link after the Miami-Dade Police and the FBI arrested a 37-year-old US citizen for carrying a type of explosive which set off the alarm system at the airport.

Jamaica’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said it is awaiting an official report on the incident.

CAA director general, Colonel Oscar Darby, said, “We have learnt of the incident and we are checking our contacts or counterparts in Miami to see if we can get any details on the incident. As soon as we do I should be able to tell you something on it."

Darby said FBI spokesman, Special Agent Michael Laverock, who confirmed there was no link to terrorism, said the man, whose identity has not been released, is charged with traveling without a licence to carry ammunition. He is being held at a federal detention centre.

His bags were being unloaded at Gate D-17 from American Airlines flight 2585 from Boston when an explosion occurred.

Officials said the man had hundreds of blasting caps in his luggage, one of which ignited.

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