updated 10/5/2008 9:08:51 PM ET 2008-10-06T01:08:51

Police have blown up a suspicious backpack outside a Texas mosque and arrested a man who claimed it contained a bomb.

Austin police Lt. Cedric Hudson says 46-year-old Azzam Baytie threatened the North Austin Muslim Community Center on Sunday.

The Austin American-Statesman reports that police said Baytie also claimed to have a gun.

Authorities X-rayed the backpack and found electronic parts inside. They destroyed it as a precaution.

Hudson says Baytie was arrested on charges of criminal trespassing and terroristic threat. Police do not know if he has an attorney.

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