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Cuba Arrests Four Florida Men for "Terrorist Actions"

Cuba says it has arrested four residents of Florida for allegedly planning "terrorist actions'' on the island.

In a statement published by Communist Party newspaper Granma, the Interior Ministry said the men were planning to attack Cuban military installations. "Since mid-2013," Cuban authoritiees said, three of the men from Florida's Cuban exile community "made several trips to the island to study and carry out their plan."

Cuba linked the suspects to anti-Cuban activist Luis Posada Carriles, who is alleged to have been behind a series of attacks against Cuba, including an airliner bombing that killed 73 people aboard a flight bound for Cuba in 1976. Posada Carriles has always said he is innocent.



The detained men were identified as Jose Ortega Amador, Obdulio Rodriguez Gonzalez, Raibel Pacheco Santos and Felix Monzon Alvarez.

The Interior Ministry said it is reaching out to U.S. authorities to investigate.

An official at the U.S. Interests Section, which Washington maintains in Cuba instead of an embassy because the two countries do not have diplomatic relations, had no immediate comment.

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