US national detained at Karachi airport for carrying bullets was an FBI agent

Cox, who was training local police, was found carrying 15 bullets of 9mm calibre in his bags.

Afp/web Desk May 07, 2014
Cox, who was training local police, was found carrying 15 bullets of 9mm calibre in his bags.

KARACHI: A US citizen, who was detained at the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi on Monday evening for carrying bullets in his baggage, was found to be an agent for the US investigating agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), CNN reported on Wednesday.

Joel Cox was attempting to board a domestic flight to Islamabad on Monday evening, when the Airport Security Force (ASF) discovered 15 bullets of 9mm caliber and a pistol clip in his baggage.

He was detained by the ASF before being handed over to the Airport police station where a case was lodged against him under section 23 1 (a) of the Sindh Arms Act, 2013.

The US national was sent on physical custody remand by a judicial magistrate in district Malir on May 6.  Adam H Ishaque, the judicial magistrate in district Malir, had remanded the suspect to police till May 10.

"The American failed to provide any legal permission for carrying bullets," senior police officer Rao Anwar told AFP.

US officials in Pakistan confirmed that an American had been arrested.

"We are aware of the situation that has been reported and we are coordinating with the Pakistani authorities to resolve the matter," a US embassy spokesperson said.

Carrying firearms or ammunition aboard commercial flights is prohibited.

Early on Wednesday, CNN reported that Cox was an FBI agent.

CNN added that the agent was in Pakistan to train police officers.

The report added that diplomats were working with Pakistani authorities to secure his release.


Imy | 7 years ago | Reply

Imagine the worldwide reaction, if a ISI agent got caught Red-handed at Washington or Heathrow airport carrying 15 bullets and a 'know how to make explosive magazine' it would have been enough for (God) Obama to order his US air-force to drop a nuclear bomb over Islamabad, oh and with the help of his messenger David Cameron!

ali | 7 years ago | Reply

may be a decoy

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