Texas Men Jailed in Michigan on Terrorism Charges

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CARO, Mich. (AP) - The FBI says it is helping Michigan authorities investigate three Palestinian-American men from Texas jailed on terrorism-related charges.

The men were arrested Friday outside a Wal-Mart in Caro, Michigan, about 80 miles north of Detroit, after employees became suspicious over their purchase of 80 cell phones.

Authorities say the men had about 1,000 cell phones in their
van.

Maruan Awad Muhareb of Mesquite, Texas; Adham Abdelhamid Othman
of Dallas; and Louai Abdelhamied Othman of Mesquite were charged with collecting or providing materials for terrorist acts and surveillance of a vulnerable target for terrorist purposes.

Tuscola County Prosecutor Mark E. Reene said Saturday that investigators believe the men were targeting the five-mile-long Mackinac Bridge, which connects Michigan's Upper and Lower peninsulas.

The three men are being held on bonds of $750,000 each. They
told a magistrate that they were buying the phones for resale.

Louai Othman's wife, Lina Odeh, told The Associated Press on
Saturday she thought her husband and her relatives were targeted
because of their Arab descent. She said the men's families come
from Jerusalem.


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