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Terror suspect was living in Tuscaloosa

By Kelvin Reynolds

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - A man suspected of making a test run for a potential terror attack lived in Tuscaloosa briefly.

U.S. law enforcement authorities identify him as Ahmed Mohammed Nasser al Soofi. He, along with Hezam al Murisi, were arrested in Amsterdam Monday morning.    

Sunday, authorities found a cell phone taped to a bottle of Pepto-Bismol and a knife and box cutter in their luggage. Al Soofi flew out of Birmingham's Shuttlesworth Airport en route to Chicago before being arrested in Amsterdam.    

West Alabama law enforcement were notified of the arrests Monday night. Tuscaloosa Police Steven Anderson told FOX6 News Tuesday morning his department offered assistance to the FBI on al Soffi's connection to West Alabama. Also, Tuscaloosa County Sheriff ted Sexton confirmed the FBI called him last night about the case. Since then, Sexton said he has also had conversations with the Alabama Department of Homeland Security on the matter.    

It appears al Soofi spent less than a year in Tuscaloosa. He also worked at a convenience store for a time. FOX6 News was told al Soofia had no run-ins with the law while living in Tuscaloosa.

Meanwhile, a law enforcement official told the Associated Press Tuesday morning the U.S. does not expect to charge the men. The anonomous official said the FBI probe of the two men arrested in Amsterdam after suspicious items turned up in one of the men's luggage is finding they were probably not on a test run for a future terror attack.

The two men arrested in Amsterdam - both traveling to Yemen - did not know each other and were not traveling together, a U.S. government official said.

The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss the investigation.

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