Two Florida men charged with plotting to use explosive device

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - Two Florida brothers originally from Pakistan were indicted Friday, accused of plotting to use an explosive device and conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists.

Raees Alam Qazi, 20, and Sheheryar Alam Qazi, 30, were arrested by FBI agents in Fort Lauderdale Thursday. The indictment does not provide specific details about what the men may have been targeting, saying only they conspired to use a "weapon of mass destruction" against people and property in the United States.

The indictment alleges that the Qazi brothers engaged in their conspiracy from at least July of 2011 until the time of their arrest. There is no mention of whether any explosives or other weapons were seized when the men were arrested.

Unlike a number of recent terror arrests in the United States, this case did not involve an FBI sting operation in which undercover operatives supplied the suspects with inert explosives, a federal law enforcement official told CNN. The source said investigators are still looking at whether the men had any ties to overseas terror groups.

A second federal law enforcement official said any possible attack the suspects had in mind was "not imminent." Neither official would provide details about what the men wanted to target.

The Justice Department also would not elaborate on the alleged plot. "The investigation is ongoing," said spokesman Dean Boyd. "Any potential threat posed by these two individuals has been disrupted."

The two men, who are naturalized U.S. citizens living in Broward County, Florida, had a brief court appearance Friday and were ordered detained at least until a detention hearing scheduled for December 7.

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