December 10, 2023 at 2:22 PM
December 10, 2023 at 11:36 AM
HAVANA – Cuba said late on Dec 9 that it had thwarted a terrorist plot hatched in neighbouring south Florida, according to a report broadcast on state-run media, after a man allegedly arrived on the island by jet ski to commit acts of violence.
The resulting investigation, which state-run media said was still under way, alleged the plot was tied to at least two groups, Nueva Nacion Cubana and La Nueva Nacion Cubana en Armas, which Cuba has labelled as terrorist entities.
Reuters has not been able to contact either of the groups to verify the claims.
The report said one of the men it had arrested, who appeared on the programme but whose identity was unclear, was armed with several handguns, ammunition clips and ammunition.
The report alleged the man, a Cuban residing in Florida, had entered Cuba illegally on a jet ski with a Florida registration, which he then abandoned in a mangrove swamp on the island’s north coast before making his way overland to Cienfuegos, in south central Cuba.
The man then attempted to recruit others to assist in committing acts of violence, arson and vandalism before his eventual arrest, according to the report.
State-run media said several other Cubans, residing both in South Florida and in Cuba, were under investigation for their involvement in the alleged plot.
The allegations comes just two days after Cuba published a list of more than 80 foreign nationals and entities it accuses of terrorism, including influencers, many long-time dissidents who reside in the United States and a candidate for mayor of Florida’s Miami-Dade County.
The two groups identified in the Dec 9 TV report appear on the list published by Cuba earlier this week, and are labelled “criminal organisations based in the United States that organise, finance… and execute actions against the security of the Cuban state”. REUTERS