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FBI, Mass. State Police investigate case of trespassing at Quabbin Reservoir
Police: No sign of terrorism
BELCHERTOWN, Mass. —Police across the state of Massachusetts are increasing the number of routine checks of the state’s water supply facilities after a case of trespassing at Quabbin Reservoir.
Around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, a state trooper discovered two vehicles parked on the grass at the reservoir. When he went to check the vehicles out, seven people — five men and two women – were walking from the reservoir toward the vehicles.
The men claimed to be chemical engineers and said they were recent college graduates. When asked why they were at the reservoir they said they wanted to see the Quabbin and cited their education and career interests. Checks were done and nothing suspicious came back.
Police also determined there was no evidence the seven people were committing any crime beyond trespassing. They were summonsed to appear in court on trespassing charges.
The Commonwealth Fusion Center was notified. Preliminary investigation suggests the people are from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Singapore.
Police reiterated that there was no evidence of terrorism or any crime beyond trespassing.
Further investigation is being undertaken because of the late hour when they were observed, their curious explanation for why they wanted to see the reservoir, and the fact that they were in an area marked no trespassing.
…and now this local story has been picked up by WND
Explained they were ‘chemical engineers‘ interested in water supply
Published: 4 hours ago
Seven people from Pakistan, Singapore and Saudi Arabia – the country of 15 of the 19 Sept. 11 hijackers – were caught trespassing in the middle of the night at a reservoir from which Boston draws its drinking water.
The report by the local CBS affiliate noted that the five men and two women said they were chemical engineers and were in the area because of “their education and career interests.”
Last week, WND reported the FBI alleged a Muslim man who was arrested in a recent terror plot in New York was planning to kill as many as 100,000 people by contaminating the air or water supply in a major U.S. city.
In that case, Ahmed Abassi, 26, was studying chemical engineering at Laval University in Quebec City, reported Canada’s CBC News.
Abassi’s plan did not materialize beyond discussions, but he also has been linked to Chiheb Esseghaier, one of two Canadian residents arrested in the alleged plot to derail a Via passenger train.
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