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U.S. Diplomats Reviewing Terrorism Allegations Against Miami Cuban Exiles Detained

SANTIAGO DE CUBA, CUBA - MARCH 27:  Two teens walk by a billboard of Fidel and Raul Castro a day after Pope Benedict XVI held a historic mass in the city on March 27, 2012 in Santiago de Cuba. Fourteen years after Pope John Paul II visited Cuba, Pope Benedict is making his first trip to the communist country. Benedict, who arrived from Mexico, conducted a mass in the city of Santiago de Cuba first followed by a mass in Havana before leaving on the 28th. Tensions are high in Cuba between dissidents and the government as activists hope the international exposure of the Papal visit will result in renewed attention to their struggle for greater freedoms.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

SANTIAGO DE CUBA, CUBA - MARCH 27: Two teens walk by a billboard of Fidel and Raul Castro a day after Pope Benedict XVI held a historic mass in the city on March 27, 2012 in Santiago de Cuba. Fourteen years after Pope John Paul II visited Cuba, Pope Benedict is making his first trip to the communist country. Benedict, who arrived from Mexico, conducted a mass in the city of Santiago de Cuba first followed by a mass in Havana before leaving on the 28th. Tensions are high in Cuba between dissidents and the government as activists hope the international exposure of the Papal visit will result in renewed attention to their struggle for greater freedoms. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)  (2012 Getty Images)

U.S. diplomats confirmed on Saturday that Cuban officials have given them some information about four Florida residents who were arrested on suspicion of preparing attacks against military installations on the island.

The U.S. Interests Section issued a statement confirming the May 8 meeting with representatives of the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It said, "The Cubans provided some information about the allegations which we are now reviewing."

Cuba's Interior Ministry has identified the men as Jose Ortega Amador, Obdulio Rodriguez Gonzalez, Raibel Pacheco Santos and Felix Monzon Alvarez. It said they were detained in late April for planning "terrorist actions" masterminded from Florida.

The Interior Ministry said the men were detained on April 26 for plotting to attack military installations, but released few specific details.

None of the four are well-known within the exile community in South Florida, but Cuba claimed they were acting on orders from others with a history of militancy, singling out Santiago Alvarez Fernandez Magrina, Osvaldo Mitat and Manuel Alzugaray in Miami.

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Santiago Alvarez and Mitat pleaded guilty in 2006 in the United States to conspiracy after an informant tipped the FBI that a large cache of weapons, including machine guns and a grenade launcher, was being moved from apartments Alvarez owned.

Alvarez, however, denied involvement in any plot and said he did not know the detained men.

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