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May 13, 2013

Saudis, the FBI, and pressure cookers

Cooking device lands two men in hot water.

Photo via Okaz

What brings the FBI and the Saudi rice dish Kabsa together? The answer is: a pressure cooker. 
Talal Al-Rouqi, a Saudi student in Michigan, claims he was questioned by the FBI after neighbours reported seeing him walking with a pressure cooker similar to those used in the recent Boston bombing. Speaking last week to the Saudi Gazette, Al-Rouqi said he was transporting the cooker filled with rice and meat to a friend's apartment for dinner. The next day, he was reportedly interrogated by FBI officials.
“When they found nothing unusual, they cautioned me not to venture out again with the pressure cooker," Al-Roqui said.
In an unrelated incident, a Saudi man was arrested on Monday at the Detroit Airport on charges that he lied about his reasons for traveling with a pressure cooker, according to federal agents. 
Netizens were quick to react to the news of the arrest: