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Monday
Sep172012

Undercover Sting Nabs Teen Who Allegedly Tried to Blow Up Bar

(CHICAGO) -- An 18-year-old man was arrested by undercover FBI agents after he allegedly tried to detonate what he believed to be a car bomb outside an unspecified bar in downtown Chicago, prosecutors said.

Adel Daoud, a U.S. citizen from Hillside, Ill., faces charges of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to damage and destroy a building by means of an explosive.

The undercover operation began in May when two undercover FBI agents contacted the teen in response to material he had allegedly posted online regarding violent jihad and the killing of Americans. From late May until mid-June, the undercover agents corresponded with Daoud.

The 18-year-old researched and surveilled a target for the attack, which would be carried out with an explosive device provided by the undercover agent he met with, according to an affidavit.

On Friday, the pair entered a parking lot where the fake car bomb was set up inside of a Jeep. Daoud drove the Jeep out of the lot and parked it in front of the bar he had allegedly identified as his target, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Daoud and the agent walked to an alley one block away where the agent witnessed the 18-year-old press the triggering mechanism, attempting to detonate the device, prosecutors said. He was then taken into custody.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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