Men Who Flew Out of O'Hare on "Dry Bomb Run" Arrested in Amsterdam
Ahmed Mohamed Nasser al Soofi (left) and Hezam al Murisi (ABC7)
Although the names of al Soofi or al Musri were on no-fly watch lists, al Soofi drew the attention of screeners earlier when he checked luggage on a flight to Dulles Airport in Washington, but didn't make connections to flights he reserved to Dubai and Yemen. Prior to landing in Chicago, al Soofi was stopped in Birmingham, AL carrying $7,000 in cash on his person. A search of his luggage found a search of his luggage turned up a cell phone taped to a Pepto-Bismol bottle, three cell phones taped together and several watches taped together. But since there were no explosives, he was released and allowed t continue his travels. A law enforcement official told ABC7, "this was almost certainly a dry run, a test" for a future terrorist act.