Press Release

For Immediate Release
AUGUST 9, 2006

Washington D.C.
FBI National Press Office
(202) 324-3691

Two Additional Egyptian Students Arrested in New Jersey

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Manville ( New Jersey) Police Department took custody of Mohamed Ragab Mohamed Abd Alla, a 22 year-old Egyptian national, and Ebrahim Mabrouk Moustafa Abdou, a 22 year-old Egyptian national. The Manville Police Department contacted U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and FBI agents who responded immediately.

ICE agents took custody of both individuals on administrative immigration violations as out-of-status students. Preliminary investigation by ICE and FBI agents has not identified any credible or imminent threat posed by Mr. Abdou or Mr. Abd Alla.

Earlier today, FBI and ICE agents also arrested 21year-old Egyptian National Eslam Ibrahim Mohamed El-Dessouki in Minneapolis.   The arrest occurred without incident. El-Dessouki was taken into custody on an administrative immigration violation as an out-of-status student.  He was located through source information obtained in the joint FBI-ICE investigation and is currently in the custody of ICE officials.  Preliminary investigation has not identified any credible or imminent threat posed by El-Dessouki

The FBI and ICE investigation is ongoing, as we remain interested in locating and interviewing the other eight Egyptian students who failed to report for their academic program at Montana State University.

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