As a country that has often felt the damage of terrorism and illegal weapons-smuggling, there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Egyptian authorities would take a traveler carrying dozens of weapons into their country as seriously as any other.
When Egypt-born Mohammed Ibrahim took a flight to Cairo from New York, he made a grave mistake, one that involved packing two pistols, 250 bullets, eleven knives, and two swords in his luggage. As he arrived to the Cairo airport, he was detained on charges of attempted weapons smuggling, something that is not taken lightly in Egypt, especially for a native of the country.
Much remains up for speculation. Officials have yet to determine how he managed to get through airport security in New York, and why a botany professor would be smuggling such an impressive array of illegal weaponry. Regardless, it is likely he will face very serious consequences for the attempt to introduce the weapons into Egypt.
Terrorism in Egypt is nothing new. Since the 1980’s, attacks have only become more severe as the country entered the 1990’s. Religions clashes have often been the source of the jaw-dropping violence, and the terrorist group al Qaeda is said to be masterminded by a native Egyptian. In an attempt to curb these attacks, Egyptian governments have established strict gun-control laws, in what many would consider a futile attempt to discourage uprisings and rebel extremist activities.
As of now, an investigation has been launched. What will leave many stumped, however, is the underlying question – how did someone get through New York airport security with enough armaments to supply a small army, and what will U.S. officials do to make sure something like this never happens again?
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