MIDDLE EAST MEN TRY TO ENTER MILITARY BASE
Three Middle Eastern men , 40-year-old Afghani Ahmad Rahmani Naeem, 41-year-old Iranian Vahik Petrossian and 27-year-old Iranian Sengekdi Norvik Avanosian made two attempts to enter the Camp Pendleton military establishment without authorization.
The three men were heard making threats at a gas station in Oceanside where they stopped for gas. Their remarks were reported by an alert from Be On the Lookout. (BOLO) The men asked for directions to Camp Pendleton. One man drove a rented car and while he was stopped and being questioned the other two entered in an other car and despite being told to wait, they continued into the base until chased down and stopped. All three claimed to be lost and looking for the city of Glendale. They also said they didn’t know each other.
The cars were searched and the only odd thing was the air bag in one car had been removed and then taped back in. Airbags contain a charge that can be used to make pipe bombs. The three were photographed and released but one of them returned and again tried to enter saying he was looking for Interstate 5. His car was searched again and he was escorted to the freeway and barred from returning.
Officials at Camp Pendleton have notified other bases and law enforcement. According to one undercover anti-terrorism officer an incident such as this could be a probe to check out the security procedures.
Despite the peculiar attempts to enter a military base without authorization, a Camp Pendleton official said, "After further investigation, it was determined that the individuals involved were not a threat to MCB Camp Pendleton or any other military installation in the area. MCB Camp Pendleton officials are not investigating these incidents further."
In the same week a flight bound for Oregon from Washington DC was forced to make an emergency stop when three Middle Eastern men were seen acting very strangely. One lay down on the floor and complained of being ill while another became combative with a flight attendant. The plane was diverted to Chicago and the three men removed from the flight