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    Passenger with batteries hidden in shoes held at Pakistan airport

    Passenger with batteries hidden in shoes held at Pakistan airport
    10.05.10


    Behind bars: Faiz Mohammad said he bought the shoes in a Karachi market


    A passenger was arrested at Pakistan's Karachi airport after electrical circuits and batteries were found in the soles of his tennis shoes.

    Officials were investigating what the components could be used for and why they were concealed.

    Similar materials can be used to make bombs.

    Faiz Mohammad was held last night at Karachi's Jinnah International Airport, said Munir Ahmed, a spokesman for the airport security force.

    The materials were detected by a scanner but there were no explosives.

    Mr Ahmed said each shoe contained a small circuit connected to two AAA batteries.

    Mohammad, a builder bound for Muscat, Oman, on the Thai Airways flight, told investigators he bought the shoes from a market in Karachi and had no idea there were circuits inside.

    “The suspect has told us that it was nothing but a massager, but we are looking at all possible angles, including terrorist activities,” said senior police official Tanveer Alam Odho.

    Police official Sohail Faiz said: “We have recovered four live batteries and a circuit, with a button to switch it on and off. It is premature to say what he was up to.”

    In 2003, British citizen Richard Reid was jailed for life in the US after admitting attempting to blow up a transatlantic jet using bombs hidden in his shoes. He told his trial that he was a “follower of Osama Bin Laden”.

    Security in Pakistan has come under greater scrutiny since an alleged Pakistani-trained extremist was accused of a failed car bombing in Times Square last week. US officials have said the Pakistani Taliban were behind the plot.

    Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, was the focus of the investigation. Four people with alleged links to Jaish-e-Mohammed, a militant group affiliated with al Qaeda, have been arrested there.

    US attorney-general Eric Holder said: “We know that they helped facilitate it; we know that they helped direct it. And I suspect that we are going to come up with evidence which shows that they helped to finance it. They were intimately involved in this plot.”

    Faisal Shahzad, a US citizen of Pakistani descent, is believed to have spent five months in Pakistan before returning to the US in February and preparing his attack.

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    They were probably those kiddies shoes that flash green and red when they walk !

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    If this was a bomber, it's surprising he would target Thai and not a USA carrier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    “We have recovered four live batteries and a circuit, with a button to switch it on and off. It is premature to say what he was up to.”
    Them live batterys are nasty, must be some sort of massager or a test run for a real bomb

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    A Pakistani man arrested at Karachi airport with batteries and electrical circuits in his shoes was likely wearing "therapy shoes" and his detention could be a false alarm, officials said on Monday.

    Man held at Pakistani airport with therapy shoes | Reuters

    Good Vibrations shoes pack built-in rumble feature





    Good Vibrations shoes pack built-in rumble feature -- Engadget

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    Cool Agents 86 and 99 run into airport security

    or the old "telephone in the shoe trick"


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    When I was a kid I used to wear Clarks 'Pathfinders' - they had animal footprints on the sole and a compass in the heel if I remember (which I thought was cool) but then they changed to a moon landing theme with a magnet in the heel; I felt a biy cheated...


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    Quote Originally Posted by genghis61 View Post
    or the old "telephone in the shoe trick"

    That was back in the good old days, I love that show. Back then the worst that could likely happen was a free trip to Cuba.

    For anyone who has never read it, the story of John Gilbert Graham is fascinating. He's the first person ever convicted for blowing up an airplane. In 1955 he planted a bomb in his own mother's suitcase and saw her off at Denver Airport. She was flying to Portland. The plane exploded outside Denver killing all 44 on board. The interesting part is that back then there was no specific law against blowing up an airliner, a more innocent time. Although he killed 44 people, he had to be prosecuted in a state court for the premeditated murder of his mother, and he was executed about 2 years later. Fascinating story for anyone who wants to google it.
    Last edited by BobR; 10-05-2010 at 07:16 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happyman View Post
    They were probably those kiddies shoes that flash green and red when they walk !
    Please dont tell me they make them up to size 45.........................

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