Two heavily-armed individuals, a man and a woman, were stopped at the Bayshore Gate of MacDill Air Force Base outside Tampa, Florida early Tuesday, June 15. When searched by a robot, their sports utility vehicle was found packed with military-style uniforms, rifle-type weapons and ammo – but no explosives.
Air Force spokeswoman, Elizabeth Gosselin said the pair was in custody and being questioned in what was described as an “on-base incident” indicating an attempted terrorist attack – without further details.
The US Central Command headed by Gen. David Petraeus runs the Afghanistan and Iraq war from this base, as well as well as Special Operations Command for the Middle East.
DEBKAfile’s counter-terror sources add: Had the couple gained entry to MacDill base,donned the uniforms and used the rifles they brought with them, they could potentially have carried out the biggest attack ever on a US military facility inside America.
Their names or information suggesting their identity have not been released as yet. The incident recalls the deadly attack in Fort Hood on Nov. 5, 2009, in which a US army psychiatrist, Major Nidal Malik “AbdulWali” Hassan murdered 13 US servicemen in the name of jihad.
So stringent are security precautions at MacDill Air Force Base that a man involved in a violent altercation on May 19 was shot dead when he resisted arrest and tried to escape on a motor bike after being challenged to surrender. No more information about this incident was released excepting that it was not terror-related. DEBKA
FOX NEWS A press conference is scheduled later this morning to provide more details.
Officials at MacDill Air Force Base say one of the two people stopped at the base’s Bayshore gate Monday night is an active duty military member who currently has AWOL status. Cohen described both suspects as Caucasians in their 20s who are both American citizens. Their names have not been released and they are still in custody, speaking with investigators.
MacDill AFB houses the U.S. Command center for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
ABC NEWS Officials at MacDill Air Force Base said there is no indication the incident late Monday was an act of terrorism. Neither the man nor the woman involved have been identified. They are still being questioned.
CNN MacDill Air Force Base, Florida — The names of two people who tried Monday to enter MacDill Air Force Base with unauthorized weapons were released by officials Tuesday.
The individuals were identified as Army Spc. Christopher Paul Kilburn based at Fort Riley, Kansas, and civilian Micah Noel Goodier of Palm Beach, Florida.
Kilburn, who was on AWOL status from the Army, has been charged with desertion, a release from the air base said. He is being turned over to Army authorities, and additional charges are pending, the air base said.
Doesn’t sound like he’s a Muslim but we’ll probably never know for sure.