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Monday
Sep172012

Neighbor Says Accused Chicago Bomb Plotter 'A Very Nice Guy'

ABC News (CHICAGO) -- A preliminary hearing for accused Chicago bomb plotter Adel Daoud was delayed until Thursday after his attorney was granted more time to review the case.

Daoud's attorney, Thomas Durkin, told reporters that he is "suspicious" of the charges against his 18-year-old client, whom he described as "impressionable" and "immature."

"This doesn't smell like a terrorism case," Durkin said. "It smells like there's something wrong with this case."

While Daoud remains in custody, residents in his suburban neighborhood of Hillside said they were surprised by the news of the 18-year old's alleged attempt to target a downtown bar last Friday night.

"I would consider him a very nice guy. He waved, talked. For a teenager seeing him cut his parents' grass, you know, that type of thing, I would have taken him as a very good boy," Frank Howaniac, who's lived on the quiet residential street for 32 years, told ABC News Monday.

Howaniac was sitting outside his house at 9:30 Friday night when suddenly a caravan of federal authorities came driving down the street and went to Daoud's house.

Another neighbor, Souha Ibrahim, said she too was taken aback by the news of the teenager's arrest.

"I am surprised," Ibrahim said. "I'm surprised by what he did."

"He's a little kid. He was just brainwashed or something. He's so naïve," said another neighbor, Moussa Issa. "Somehow something happened there. He was just different. He wouldn't show up as much."

At the Islamic Foundation School in Villa Park, where Daoud went to school, members of the school administration wanted no part of the press.

"We don't have any statement to make at this time," school secretary Khaja Mohiuddin told ABC News. "You are wasting your time, so please leave."

At Daoud's house a woman -- who declined to identify herself -- directed ABC News to contact Durkin. On his way into the courthouse for Daoud's detention hearing, which was rescheduled for Thursday, Durkin, accompanied by Daoud's father, told reporters that he was "pretty suspicious" of the allegations against the suburban teenager.

"I think a lot of questions ought to be being asked about why the government wants to detain him," Durkin said, claiming that Daoud "wasn't too dangerous until last Friday night."

"I think it's a very suspicious charge," Durkin argued. "I think there's a lot of suspicious facts in there."

"Does it sound like he was on the Internet talking nonsense? Sounds like it, if the government is to be believed," Durkin stated. "Does that mean he has radical Islamic beliefs? I don't know. I know that my kids when they were 18 might have said some stupid stuff. Does that mean they believed it? I don't know."

Durkin said he had talked to people at Daoud's school and "they've said that he's very awkward socially. You saw him. I mean, he looks pretty immature to me."

Only blocks away from the courthouse, Mike Feirstein, who owns Cal's Liquors and Cal's Bar on Wells St., just on the outer edges of the Loop, told ABC News that he believes his bar was the one Daoud is accused of targeting on Friday. Feirstein's bar sits on a busy street corner, with the El train tracks directly across the street and another popular bar, Cactus, next door. The Chicago Fire Department has a station across from Cactus Bar and one firefighter told ABC News that the area was indeed the site of Daoud's alleged attempt to detonate a fake car bomb as undercover agents stood ready to pounce.

The affidavit says Daoud settled on his unnamed target because it was a bar, a liquor store and a concert venue and would be filled with "the evilest people" on a weekend night. Cal's was hosting musical performances from local bands on Friday.

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Sunday
Sep162012

Teen Charged With Trying to Blow Up Chicago Bar After Undercover FBI Operation

Comstock/Thinkstock(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 a bar in downtown Chicago, prosecutors said Saturday.

Adel Daoud, a U.S. citizen from Hillside, Ill., was taken into custody Friday evening after he allegedly tried to set off a phony car bomb given to him by an undercover FBI agent posing as a terrorist.

Officials are not releasing the name of the downtown Chicago bar that was allegedly targeted by Daoud, but said the bar was never in any danger.

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. During those communications, he affirmed his interest in engaging in a violent jihad in the United States or abroad, according to an affidavit.

In June, one of the undercover agents introduced a purported cousin, who was identified as an operational terrorist living in New York, to Daoud.

During this time, Daoud allegedly made a list of 29 potential targets, including military recruiting centers, bars, malls and Chicago tourist attractions.

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

At 7:15 p.m. on Friday, the teen and the agent drove to their target in downtown Chicago. During the car ride, Daoud led a prayer that the attack succeed, "kill many people" and "cause destruction," the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement.

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.

Daoud 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 teen had an initial court appearance Saturday. A detention and preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday at 3 p.m. in federal court.

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