FBI: Boston Terror Plot "A False Alarm"
The FBI is now discrediting the information they received about a possible terror threat against Boston. "There were in fact no terrorist plans or activity under way, " the FBI said in a statement. No evidence of terrorism motives has surfaced, and the FBI is labeling the threat a "false alarm."
Two Wanted in Connection With Terror Threat In Custody
A Chinese woman wanted in connection with an alleged terror threat against Boston is now in U.S. custody and has no known ties to terrorism. Mei Xia Dong, originally identified as a male, was arrested November 11th by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents on a suspected immigration violation. She is being held at a facility in San Diego, California, according to the FBI.
The FBI also reports that a man suspected of telling authorities about a possible terror threat in Boston has been detained in a Mexican border town. Jose Ernesto Beltran Quinones was taken into custody January 24, 2005 in Mexicali by Mexican state judicial police. He is now being questioned on behalf of the FBI.
Four Sought In Possible Boston Terror Threat
State, federal and local authorities are seeking four Chinese nationals wanted for questioning in connection with a possible terrorist threat. Although officials label the information as "unknown and uncorroborated," the FBI has named four subjects they would like to locate: Zengrong Lin, Guozhi Lin, Wen Quin Zheng and Xiujin Chen.
According to officials, an anonymous phone tipster reported that all four individuals had been smuggled into the United States from Mexico. "The source is specific in that it mentions a location where individuals were dropped off -- the location is New York -- and it identifies a location where a threat might be directed -- the location is Boston," Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney said.
Clockwise from top left are Zengrong Lin, Guozhi Lin, Wen Quin Zheng and Xiujin Chen