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Smyer man jailed for Statue bomb threat

A Smyer area man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly making a threat to blow up the Statue of Liberty.

Jason Paul Smith, 42, was arrested in Lubbock by federal authorities. He made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy M. Koenig.

Investigators believe that Smith made a ‘hoax threat to blow up’ the Statue of Liberty on April 24.

In a complaint made against the defendant, an FBI agent stated that Smith initiated a call to the New York Cityís emergency 911 system. During the call, he identified himself as ‘Abdul Yasin’and said he was an ‘ISI terrorist.’

Smith allegedly stated that ‘we’ were preparing to blow up the Statue of Liberty.

Abdul Yasin was the name of the last remaining fugitive charged in an indictment for the Feb. 26, 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.

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