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Pakistani authorities arrest FBI agent

Pakistani authorities have arrested FBI Agent Joel Cox after he attempted to board a domestic flight from Karachi to Islamabad with ammunition and knives. Cox was in Pakistan on official travel to provide law enforcement training to local Pakistani police.
By JC Finley Follow @JC_Finley Contact the Author   |   May 7, 2014 at 10:29 AM

ISLAMABAD, May 7 (UPI) -- FBI Agent Joel Cox was arrested on Monday by Pakistani authorities as he attempted to board a domestic flight from Karachi to Islamabad with ammunition and knives.

Cox was in Pakistan on official travel to provide law enforcement training to local police.

Pakistani Police Superintendent Malir Rao Anwar said that 15 9mm bullets, three small knives, and a wrench were confiscated, along with his laptop computer and cell phone. All items, he said, were sent to a forensics lab for analysis.

Cox is facing anti-terrorism charges. He appeared in court Tuesday and is scheduled in court again on Saturday.

The U.S. Department of State confirmed it is working to obtain Cox's release.

Under Pakistani law, unauthorized weapons and ammunition are restricted on commercial flights. With Pakistani authorization, FBI employees and other U.S. agency personnel can carry weapons in Pakistan.

It is unclear whether Cox had obtained authorization from the Pakistani government to carry the ammunition and knives aboard the flight.

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