Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Chile nabs Pakistani with trace explosive at U.S. embassy

I guess Pakistanis are just infatuated with Bombs , so many of them have links to Some kind of Bomb Stuff whether it be a suicide vest / Belt , or an IED , They Have their hands all up In it !

(Reuters) - A Chilean judge ordered a Pakistani man be held under an anti-terrorism law on Tuesday after he was arrested in the U.S. embassy in Chile with traces of explosive on him.

The man identified as Muhammad Saif-ur-Rehman Khan by the U.S. State Department was arrested on Monday at the embassy in Santiago where his visa for the United States was revoked.

A senior State Department official said Khan, a 28-year-old student who had been in Chile for four months, was invited to the embassy to be told that his U.S. visa was being revoked.

The U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he was not aware of any link between Khan and the Pakistani-American accused of trying to bomb New York's Times Square on May 1. He declined to say why the visa was revoked.

"This man was in possession of a (U.S.) visa. Based on the information that we had, we revoked his visa. We are required to notify individuals when we take that action and we invited him in," the official said.

During routine visitor screening at the embassy, Khan was found to have traces of explosives on his clothes and was later detained by Chilean police, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said at his daily briefing in Washington.

Asked if there was a legitimate reason why the man might have been exposed to explosives -- such as working at a site where detonations occur -- Crowley replied: "We'll see."

"At this point ... we don't think that this was a spurious hit on our detection system," Crowley said.

A Chilean state prosecutor invoked Chile's anti-terrorism law to prolong Khan's detention while he is being investigated, and a judge gave a five-day extension.

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