May 12, 2013
A Saudi student with what a neighbor described as a “bullet colored” pressure cooker was questioned by the FBI after the Boston bombing, according to Oukaz, a Saudi newspaper.
Armed FBI agents surrounded the apartment block in Michigan where Talal al-Rouki lives.
It turned out the student was cooking a traditional Saudi rice dish called kabsah. He was carrying it in a pressure cooker to a friend’s house when the neighbor saw him and called the authorities.
“You need to be more careful moving around with such things,” an FBI agent told the nervous student, the Daily Mail quotes the Arabic newspaper.
On April 16, the day after the Boston bombing, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security released an unclassified bulletin warning that terrorists “can exploit the innocuous appearance and transportability of pressure cookers to conceal IED components.”
“Suspicious activity reports (SARs) will be forwarded to the appropriate fusion center and FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force for further action.”