Shoe bomber alert prior to Miami shooting

Federal air marshals were on alert for a possible shoe bomber after a man briefly detained at John F. Kennedy airport in New York had his shoes tested positive for explosives. Marshals shot and killed a man at Miami International Airport yesterday after he claimed to have a bomb in his backpack.

Officials said a 50-year-old Egyptian man was stopped a week ago at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport. Sources said he had a suspicious pair of shoes that tested positive five times for the explosive substance TATP on the interior of his shoes between the heel and sole.

Federal officials said the man’s shoes were remarkably similar to those used by shoe bomber Richard Reid, who attempted to blow up an American Airlines jet over the Atlantic four years ago.

The Egyptian man’s destination was Des Moines, Iowa, sources said, and he claimed he was a student at Iowa State University in Ames.

After holding him overnight, airport security in New York released him. The FBI was notified after he was released and put out a nationwide alert. FBI officials confirmed that the man’s story was true and that he was not a threat. — ABC News

The FBI said this morning they have located the man in Iowa, and stated that he is not considered a threat.

Tell that to the people living in central Iowa.