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Man Taken Into Custody After Apparent Bomb Scare on Airplane

Comstock/Thinkstock(DENVER) -- A man was taken into custody by the FBI on Friday night after an apparent bomb scare on a plane bound for Denver.

The pilot made an emergency landing at the Denver Airport at about 7:30 p.m. The plane was immediately moved to a remote area.

The flight, carrying 136 passengers and five crew members, took off from Knoxville, Tenn.

Nick Dannenberg, who was traveling on Frontier Airlines flight 601 told Good Morning America he was seated near the man who reportedly told the flight attendant he had brought a bomb on board.

"The guy across the aisle from me pulled the flight attendant to the side and told her that he had a bomb in his backpack," Dannenberg said. "I can't even describe how fast my heart was beating."

The flight crew took the man's backpack to the back of the plane when they became aware of the potential safety risk, as passengers kept an eye on the passenger until the flight landed safely in Denver.

Meanwhile, children on board the flight were sent to the front of the plane for security purposes. There were three unaccompanied minors on the plane who were moved away from the potential bomb, law enforcement officials told ABC News.

Once grounded, authorities handcuffed and removed the man from the flight.

Passengers then left the aircraft, where they were met by the FBI and the Denver bomb squad on the tarmac.

All of the passengers were interviewed by law enforcement overnight.

The FBI would not comment as to whether or not an explosive device was recovered from the carry on.

Officials have not released the man's name.

There has been no decision on whether or not to prosecute the man. That decision will likely be made on Monday, law enforcement officials said. A law enforcement official briefed on the case says that the man is believed to be mentally unstable.

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Pentagon Bomb Scare: Is Suspect a Lone-Wolf Terrorist?

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- An international investigation is underway into whether the Marine Corps Reserve lance corporal who was arrested on Friday for carrying suspected bomb making materials near the Pentagon is simply an unstable, misguided young man, or a cold-blooded lone wolf terrorist.

"We don't know what a lone wolf, al Qaeda-inspired operative looks like. We don't know where they hang out, we don't know really what motivates them," former FBI agent Jack Cloonan said. "So when you don't know that, you've got a talent pool of people that is so huge, it stresses law enforcement. We just don't know what they look like and what they want to do."

The United States was lucky in this incident, because police were able to arrest the man in question, Ethiopian-American Yonathan Melaku, 22, who was recently charged with breaking into 27 cars in suburban Washington.

FBI investigators have been dissecting Melaku's life since his arrest, but as of yet have found no links to terrorist organizations, although he was carrying pro-al Qaeda literature.

But while he may have been acting alone, the recent appearance of a "hit list" on a jihadi web site that names 40 prominent figures from government, the U.S. military and the media who should be attacked, has officials concerned about people who might have no formal links to al Qaeda but still be inspired by their rhetoric.

According to a bulletin circulated by the FBI, the hit list appeared on the website Ansar al-Mujahideen after one poster highlighted Al Qaeda leader Adam Gadahn's call in a June 3 message for lone wolf attacks on American public figures and corporate institutions.

Melaku was arrested around 2 a.m. Friday, when an army policeman confronted him at Arlington Cemetery. Police say they found four zip-lock bags with a substance labeled ammonium nitrate, a key bomb-making material, in his backpack. Also inside were spent 9mm ammunition and a notebook containing the words "al qaeda," "Taliban rules," "mujahidin" and "defeated coalition forces," according to police.

Searches of Melaku's home and car turned up no explosives, and the material in Melaku's backpack tested negative as a potential explosive, sources said.

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Detroit Bomb Squad Detonates Suspicious Package at Federal Building

Federal Bureau of Investigation(DETROIT) -- Detroit police detonated a suspicious package found in a downtown building Friday.

Officials were dispatched around 9:45 a.m. to the McNamara Federal Building, where several government agencies, including the FBI and the IRS, have offices. The Detroit police bomb squad transferred the suspicious box to Belle Isle, where it was set off.

There were no injuries reported. It is unclear if the police have any suspects.

This is the second time in a week that the Detroit bomb squad was alerted to a suspicious package. The squad investigated an envelope carrying a harmless white substance that had been sent to another federal building in downtown Detroit on Wednesday.

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