Fake Bomb Likely Used to Test Airport Security, Says Federal Complaint Filed Against Three African Refugees; Similar Device Found in Memphis

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Image: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
Asa Shani, Shullu Gorado, and Luwiza Daman were charged by federal complaint for allegedly trying to bring a simulated explosive past security at Sky Harbor.

Three African refugees who conspired to take a fake bomb through a checkpoint at Sky Harbor airport last week were likely trying to probe weaknesses in airport security, the FBI says in a federal complaint.

Luwiza Laku Daman, 51, of Ethiopia, took the device in her carry-on bag through security on August 5 while attempting to board a Delta flight to Minneapolis.

The simulated explosive device was used, the FBI believes, "because the successful transit of such an object through a TSA security checkpoint would reveal potential weaknesses in the security screening methods employed in United States airports, and the level of response that occurs when a suspected explosive device is encountered..."

On July 29, the same day that Daman arrived in Phoenix, a similar incident with a similar fake bomb occurred at the airport in Memphis, Tennessee, the complaint says.

The document (scroll down to see it) doesn't state whether authorities have connected that incident with the three African refugees arrested in Phoenix.

The complaint charges the three Africans with scheming to bring a fake bomb into the security area of an airport, a Title 18 violation.

The complaint describes the simulated bomb in detail and follows the convoluted story told by Daman about how she came into possession of the device.

While detained at the airport, Daman told authorities she'd been in Phoenix for a wedding, having recently moved from Ethiopia to Des Moines, Iowa.

She met a guy she only knew as "Jaffa," at the wedding, and he stopped by Daman's sister's house while Daman was there on August 4. He gave Damon's sister, Grasela, a "box of candy with a cellular phone taped to it," Damon told the FBI.

Grasela then asked her to take the package back to Des Moines and give it to a guy named "Michel," according to Daman.

Though Daman had initially claimed that her phone number and e-mail address was on the Expedia reservation for the flight, the FBI soon figured out that the contact info matched that of "Jaffa," whose real name was Shullu Gorado.

Gorado's contact info was also found on Daman's phone -- she claimed she had no idea how it got there, and that someone else must have put it there.

Police soon caught up with Gorado at a Phoenix apartment -- who told them he'd gotten the package from another man, Asa Shani.

Shani, when confronted by police, said he found the cell phone at a bus stop at 19th Avenue and McDowell. It was broken, so he used tape to hold it together, he claimed.

Judging from the complaint, authorities have enough leads to keep them busy for a while. As soon as possible, and maybe sooner, the FBI needs to locate the head honchos behind this scheme and stop them before they learn too much about our airport security.

All three remain in Maricopa County Jail on a $75,000 bond.

2011-174 (Caman Gorado Shani) Complaint



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28 comments
Vick3179
Vick3179

Sad to see that but they don't even look like ethiopians or eritreans???? look at the names funny they must have used fake id or passport......am sure ethiopians or eritreans are not likely to do such unchristian things,,,,pls next time blem somalia atleast,people may concider that's possible.

crazybaldhead
crazybaldhead

whoa...where did these argumentative posters come from? What exactly is the relevance as to whether they are Ethiopians or Eritreans? Seems to me that they're going to be Arizonans for several decades now

Mopllx
Mopllx

Send these biatches to Gitmo!

Alilo0cs
Alilo0cs

why doesnt it say three christian bombers

gigiga
gigiga

hey hey hold on guys especially HANA, don't distribute fake news. am pretty sure u seems that u do not know them and that u do not have true sources. Here is the truth from phoenix, Arizona, those peoples are fully Ethiopians and came from there with in this past four years. so  originally those peoples are from ethiopia not from eritrea. on that way ethiopia should be accused in supporting terrorism. so HANA shut your mouth up okey

Ross
Ross

Well, no, that's not what the complaint charges. What it charges is conspiracy to conceal a material fact.  But at least now the real terrorists know a lot more about police and FBI procedures, including the names of officers and agents.  And it's somewhat more likely that police-beat reporters will eventually learn how to spell Ethiopia.

ALEMAYEHU
ALEMAYEHU

THEY MUST PAY THE PRICE. THOSE PPL DO NOT LEARN FROM THE PAST.

Amanueltekle92
Amanueltekle92

amanuel kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk HANA WE ERITREANS WE DON'T HAVE DATS KIND OF NAME I DONT KNOW IF THEY ARE OROMOS NAME OR WAT EVER BUT THEY ARE ETHIPIANS AND WE ONT KNOW FROM WHERE DA HELL HATS SOURCE OF NEWS YOU GOT

Mistalee
Mistalee

"Luwiza Laku Daman, 51, of Ethiopa,

Hey, Ray, this is the typo to which Ross is alluding. Looking for a proofreader? I'm reasonable and cheap.

Hana
Hana

This is not the original news, the three africans are from Eritrea, you deleted the fourth paragraph that mentions they are from a small horn africa country Eritrea, the original news is found at the following link. http://eng.assenna.com/index.p...

Ray Stern
Ray Stern

Thanks for pointing out that it was a typo and not a misspelling as Ross said. I don't know, Mistalee -- you may be cheap, but reasonable?

Amanueltekle92
Amanueltekle92

oh yah issias is lier yah u right wat about meles or weyane, but we eritreans we dont lie steal or begging lemaj we work hard we belive our self , we depend in our self , and we are proud of our self not expecting every year aid from international community

Melaketek60
Melaketek60

Nazret you are not trust worthy media . You are weyanes mouth piece

Amanueltekle92
Amanueltekle92

kkkkkkkk hana i dont know from where da hell u got that news , we eritreans we dont have dat kind of name i dont know if they are oromo or wolamo or kenbata, u know if u r ethiopian, but one thing i tell u they are fully 100000000000000000 percent ethiopians

Lemlemei_1999
Lemlemei_1999

Hana, who told you that assena.com is the original brood caster of this post? Even if it is the original producer, don't you know that it is the mouth piece of the minority dwarf clique of woyane, who governed the back ward and fragmented feudal Ethiopia?

Mistalee
Mistalee

You've got me there, Ray. I think reasonableness is overhyped. as Kurt Vonnegut said, "If you would be unloved and forgotten, be reasonable."

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