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Tuesday
Nov132012

Student Handed Life Sentence for Attempted Bomb Plot

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A judge in Texas sentenced a Saudi Arabian man Tuesday for attempting to make bombs in an attempt to target several sites and former President George W. Bush.

Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, a Saudi Arabian citizen living in Lubbock, Texas where he was studying chemical engineering at Texas Tech, will now serve life in federal prison; he was found guilty last June of attempting to purchase chemicals that would make something similar to TNT. He also sent emails writing about potential targets including nuclear plants and the home of former President Bush.

Authorities detected Aldawsari's plot when he attempted to purchase a large amount of phenol to make his bombs from a chemical supply company.

Assistant Attorney General Monaco said, "Khalid Aldawsari came to this country intent on carrying out an attack. He then began purchasing ingredients to construct a bomb and was actively researching potential targets in America.  Thanks to the hard work of many agents, analysts and prosecutors, his plot was thwarted before anyone was harmed; he was convicted at trial and, today at sentencing, he was held accountable for his actions."

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