KC Terror Threat Suspect Has Ties To 1st WTC Bombing

By: KCTV (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: KCTV (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) - A man claiming to be a terrorist has led to the evacuation of some downtown Kansas City streets.

The Kansas City Star's, KCTV5's reporting partner, says the suspect has ties to the first World Trade Center bombing.

The Kansas City Police Department's bomb squad is investigating a suspicious device. Bomb dogs have confirmed that explosives are inside the vehicle.

The man is in custody, police said.

The man walked into a building at 13th Street and Holmes Road and made the declaration.

Some federal and state offices have been evacuated.

The license plate of the vehicle is registered to Wahed Moharam, who is known to many Kansas City area residents as "Helmet Man." He was a regular attendee at Chiefs games.

The Star reported that his tickets were revoked because of safety concerns in 2003. He was once in the federal witness protection program for testifying in the first World Trade Center bombing.

Everything is OK," a man identifying himself as Waheed told the newspaper. "I don't have to tell you exactly where I am. The FBI requests me to hang up the phone, but I can assure you I'm OK and they treat me good."

He added: "And everything mistake. Everything mistake. I didn't have any bad thing anyway. Everything is just...thank you and God bless you and I'm OK."

He reportedly yelled, "Why am I on the terrorist watch list?" when he entered a federal building downtown Friday.

The General Services Administration relocated employees from sections of their downtown building as a result of the threat.

Kansas City police say the exit from westbound Interstate 70 to 13th Street is closed. In addition, streets 12th and 13th Streets and Cherry and Holmes are closed in this area, which is near the Kansas City Police Department headquarters.

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