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Terrorist hoax: Couple falsely reports terrorist threats in Edmond

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Two people were arrested Friday for making a false report of terrorism in Edmond.

Israa Jafar Ali, 19, and Sajjad Hussein Al Fehaidah, 23, made a “false report of a purported suicide bomber targeting an unspecified Christian church near the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) campus in Edmond, Oklahoma,” according to FBI Special Agent Jim Finch and U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, Sanford C. Coats.

Reports say Al Fehaidah allowed Ali to use his cell phone to report that a terrorist act may occur in Edmond, Oklahoma.  She claimed that he “overheard another student talking about committing a suicide bombing by strapping on a vest with nails that would explode and kill people.”

Based on the 911 call and report, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force vigorously investigated the threat until it was determined that it was, in fact, a hoax.

Al Fenaidah was arrested Thursday and appeared in U.S. District Court Friday afternoon in Oklahoma City.  He was ordered detained until a detention/preliminary hearing on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at 1:30: p.m.

Ali was arrested today in Nashville, Tennessee, and appeared in U.S. District Court in Nashville.  She was ordered to appear in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City on Feb. 20, 2015.

If convicted, each defendant faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Authorities would like to remind that public that this is simply a charge and both defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they are convicted in court.

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