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Bill?
03-07-2007, 04:44 AM
Iraqi national questioned over suspicious object at LAX
Updated, 4 p.m.: A man with a half-inch magnet coiled in wire hidden inside his body draws a bomb-squad response and a terrorism investigation.
By Doug Irving
Staff writer

An Iraqi national with a half-inch magnet coiled in wire hidden inside his body drew a bomb-squad response and a terrorism investigation Tuesday when he tried to pass through security at Los Angeles International Airport.

Federal investigators later said the man, identified as 35-year-old Fadhel al-Maliki of New Jersey, appeared to pose no threat. He was being held and questioned by immigration officials because his green card may have expired. A mental evaluation was planned.

But airport security agents initially considered the odd assortment of objects in al-Maliki's rectum alarming enough to order an extra search of the flight he was scheduled to take. The plane had already taken off by then, but diverted and landed in Las Vegas; agents pulled off two bags checked by al-Maliki but found nothing suspicious in them.

Al-Maliki told investigators the objects have therapeutic properties, and that he had forgotten to remove them before reaching the security checkpoint. They were described as a magnet wrapped with a piece of gum in a napkin and then coiled with wire; and some kind of round, polished stone.

"I believe we're about as confused as you until we finish the investigation," said Ethel McGuire, the assistant special agent in charge of the FBI's Los Angeles office.

http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/articles/6342662.html