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Cuba arrests exiles: Men labeled 'terrorists' for planning attacks

Cuba arrests exiles suspected of planning attacks.
Cuba arrests exiles suspected of planning attacks.
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Cuba has made four arrests of exiles suspected of planning terrorists attacks against the island. These Miami-based exiles are accused of planning attacks that would focus on military installations. Another exile connected to the four has denied the allegations completely. On May 7, Reuters reported on the arrests.

The four men arrested by Cuban authorities have been identified. They are Jose Ortega Amador, Obdulio Rodriguez Gonzalez, Raibel Pacheco Santos and Felix Monzon Alvarez. Three others are said to be connected to the planned attacks. The one man that has spoken out to deny the charges placed against the four exiles is named Santiago Alvarez. He said the charges are a "bunch of lies."

It is believed that three of the four men arrested have been working in Cuba since 2013 to conduct their plans. Cuba has contacted the U.S. government about this investigation, but the four men arrested have already admitted to their plotting. The Cuban government hopes to work with the U.S. to protect people living in both countries.

Further details about the plot have not yet been revealed, but the men were taking into custody on April 26. The men are said to have connections to Luis Posada Carriles. He is wanted in connection with two incidents. One of them a bombing that brought down a Cuban plane. That incident killed 73 people. Little is known about this still developing story. The investigation is still on-going.