January 13, 2006
USA: Phone Sales Tip Feds to Terror 'Cells'
ABC News is reporting that law enforcement officials are investigating at least two mass purchases of disposable cell phones, devices often used by terrorists, by individuals from the Middle East and Pakistan in recent weeks. NewsMax reports.
"In one case, the attempted purchasers are suspected members of a west Texas terrorist cell.
On December 18, six individuals of Middle Eastern origin, including one from Iraq and another from Pakistan, attempted to buy approximately 60 disposable phones at a Wal-Mart in Midland, Texas.
After alert store clerks called police, a Midland police report stated that the individuals acted suspiciously."
According to ABC News , in another related article, a target story in Hemet was offering a good deal on "pay as you go" cell phones. They were selling them for $19.99. One male customer came in and purchased 150 phones. Employees notified the Joint Terrorism Task Force, which at the time, was on special alert for the Rose Bowl.
After nvestigation into the cell phone purchase in Hemet, the FBI says the customer appears to be a legitimate cell phone dealer, but the investigation is ongoing."
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