A Saudi student in the US state of Michigan has been interrogated by the FBI after he was seen carrying a pressure cooker outside his house, Saudi Gazette reported. Talal al-Rouqi said he was taking the pressure cooker to the apartment of a fellow student to prepare Kabsa, a popular Saudi dish of rice and meat.
According to the newspaper, the FBI rushed to al-Rouqi’s apartment after receiving a call from a neighbor who said the ash-colored cooker looked like the one used in Boston Marathon bombing last month. Authorities searched his apartment and inspected the pressure cooker but found nothing unusual.
“They asked me about taking a pressure cooker outside the apartment,” he said. “I explained to them that I took this to the apartment of my friend, who is also a scholarship student, to prepare Kabsa as dinner.”
Two pressure cookers were used in the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15. The explosions killed three people and injured 264. When the news first came out, many Saudis expressed fear that one of their countrymen could be involved in the bombings. However, investigations later pointed to two brothers originally from Chechnya as the main suspects in the attack.
Al-Rouqi said the FBI officers asked him many questions in a gentle manner and warned him “not to venture out again with the pressure cooker.”