A Saudi man was arrested in Detroit and charged with making a false statement as to why he brought a pressure cooker with him on a flight from Amsterdam, according to a criminal complaint filed on Monday, Reuters reported.
33 year old Hussain al-Khawahi arrived at the Detroit airport on Saturday and was questioned about why he had brought a pressure cooker with him. He had initially stated that the pressure cooker was for his nephew who is a university student in Toledo, Ohio.
Apparently , the man then changed his story and admitted his nephew had purchased a pressure cooker in America before but it ‘was cheap’ and broke after the first use.
Pressure cookers packed with explosive powder and shrapnel were set off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, where they killed 3 people and injured 264. The bombs, left on the ground, caused gruesome injuries with more than 10 people losing limbs, either directly from the blasts or when doctors had to amputate the badly-mangled limbs.
Al-Khawahir has also been charged with altering his passport after a page was found torn out of the document. A hearing was held on Monday in federal court in Detroit on the case but no action was taken so that prosecutors get more time to investigate al-Khawahir.