Saudi man arrested in U.S. on terrorist charges

09:30, February 25, 2011      

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A Saudi Arabian man was arrested in the U.S. State of Texas on charges of plotting terrorist attacks with a weapon of mass destruction, U.S. Justice Department said Thursday.

Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, 20, a citizen of Saudi Arabia and resident of Lubbock, Texas, was arrested late Wednesday by FBI agents, the department said in a statement.

He was accused of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction in connection with his alleged purchase of chemicals and equipment necessary to make an improvised explosive device (IED).

Aldawsari is expected to make his initial appearance in federal court in Lubbock Friday. He was lawfully admitted into the United States in 2008 on a student visa and is enrolled at South Plains College near Lubbock.

If convicted, he will face a maximum sentence of life in prison and a 250,000-U.S.-dollar fine.

According to the court document, Aldawsari has been researching online how to construct an IED using several chemicals as ingredients. He has also acquired or taken a substantial step toward acquiring most of the ingredients and equipment necessary to construct an IED.

The document shows he has conducted online research of several potential U.S. targets, including the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush.

In addition, he has allegedly described his desire for violent jihad and martyrdom in blog postings and a personal journal.

Source: Xinhua

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