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Gov’t: Pair Planned S.Florida Attacks

May 29, 2002

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) _ Two Muslim men plotted with an informant to bomb electrical transformers, a National Guard armory and Jews in South Florida, hoping to start a Holy War, government documents allege.

Pakistani immigrants Imran Mandhai, 19, and Shueyb Mossa Jokhan, 24, were ordered held without bail Tuesday after U.S. Magistrate Lurana Snow reviewed transcripts of conversations they had with an informant in March and April 2001.

Snow rejected arguments by Mandhai’s and Jokhan’s attorneys that they were bumbling amateurs whose militant fantasies were inflamed by the government informant, identified only as Mohammad.

``The fact that they themselves didn’t have the capacity to construct the bombs ... may be the only reason they did not succeed in wreaking havoc on the community,″ Snow said.

The pair is charged with conspiracy to damage and destroy property by means of fire and explosives. Mandhai is also charged with soliciting Jokhan to commit a crime of violence. They face up to 20 years in prison.

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