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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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Friday
Mar162012

Feds Increase Reward in Michigan Lawyer Car Bomb Case

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The homemade bomb that blew up a Michigan lawyer’s Volvo and injured the man and his two young sons as they headed to football practice may have contained parts from remote-controlled cars, authorities said Thursday as they announced an increase in the reward offered for information.

In raising the reward from $10,000 to $20,000, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) issued a broad appeal for the public’s help in locating the suspect or suspects in the Sept. 20 attack on Erik Chappell.

The corporate litigation and family law attorney was taking his sons to football practice in Monroe., Mich., when his car exploded.  The vehicle erupted into a fireball and burned down to its metal frame.

The blast was so strong that it was heard a mile away.

“It was mayhem inside the car,” Chappell told ABC News.   “We were all dazed.  I noticed flames on my side and the passenger side.”

Chappell, who practices law mainly in Michigan and Ohio, sustained injuries to his right arm.  His sons, who were 10- and 13-years-old, were seriously wounded.

The three have since made a full recovery.  Chappell has said that he believes he knows who tried to kill him, but has declined to make that information public.

“It would have required some proximity in order to detonate it,” he said.  “They would have had to know that the boys were in the car.”

Police say the bomb was placed to inflict as much damage as possible.  The device contained shrapnel -- meant to increase its lethality, ATF Special Agent in Charge David McCain said in a statement.

“It is disgusting that the suspect was willing to kill innocent children to achieve his or her goal,” McCain stated.

The suspect would have knowledge of electronics, radio control circuitry, tools and metal-working.  The suspect also would have had a private work space to store, assemble and construct the device, McCain said.

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Friday
Feb102012

Najibullah Zazi's Father Sentenced for Role in Attempted NYC Bombing

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The father of an admitted terrorist was sentenced Friday for his role in an alleged plot to blow up the New York City subway.

Mohammed Zazi was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison for obstructing authorities investigating his son.  In February 2010, Najibullah Zazi pleaded guilty to planning to blow up the New York City subway with homemade explosives he learned to make in Pakistan.  Investigators said his father tried to cover up the crime by destroying evidence and lying to detectives.  

The son had practiced making bombs in the Denver area before he drove to New York where he learned he was being watched by the FBI.

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Thursday
Sep222011

Michigan Car Bombing Dad to 911: 'My Car Blew Up With Two Kids'

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(MONROE, Mich.) -- Through excruciating pain, Erik Chappell called 911 and told the dispatcher: "My car blew up with two kids."

Chappell and his sons, 11 and 13, were the victims of a car bombing on Tuesday.  Chappell's Volvo exploded as he drove the boys to football practice in Monroe, Mich.

"I've got two significant leg injuries...they're chewed up pretty good," he told the 911 dispatcher.  "Deep tissue wounds.  They are bleeding.  I need someone here now."

Chappell and his sons are expected to survive the attack.  Authorities believe the bombing was a criminal attack and not terrorism.  Police say whoever planted the bomb placed it in such a way that it would inflict as much damage as possible.

"They were very, very blessed not to have been killed.  They're seriously injured, but they're still alive and that means everything," said Donald Dawkins, spokesman for Michigan's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Chappell, 42, is a lawyer who primarily handles business litigation in Ohio and Michigan.  He also practices family law and is known to handle messy divorce cases.

Somehow he was able to pull his boys out of the car.

Police are still searching for who is responsible for planting the car bomb.  The ATF is offering a $10,000 reward for information that could lead to the suspect's capture.

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Wednesday
Sep212011

Michigan Car Bomb Injures Father, Two Sons

Dynamic Graphics/Thinkstock(MONROE, Mich.) -- The ATF is offering a $10,000 reward for information about a Michigan car bombing Tuesday that injured a lawyer and his two young sons.

The lawyer was identified as Eric Chappel, an Ohio-based attorney, according to ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV. Chappel was driving his sons to football practice Tuesday evening when his Volvo exploded with enough force that the blast was heard a mile away.

Observers saw a fireball and the car was quickly reduced to charred and twisted steel. Chappel was injured on his right side and his sons, in critical condition, were taken to a hospital in Toledo, Ohio.

All three are expected to make a recovery.

The explosion took place Tuesday evening in Monroe, Michigan, a suburb 35 miles southwest of Detroit.

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Sunday
Nov282010

Arson at Mosque Linked to Suspect in Foiled Portland Car Bombing

The Salman Alfarisi Islamic Center. Photo Courtesy - KATU Portland, Ore.(CORVALLIS, Ore.) -- Fire at a Mosque near the university attended by the suspect in the Portland Christmas Tree car bombing attempt was set on purpose.  The Corvallis, Ore., fire department responded to the fire at the Salman Alfarisi Islamic Center early Sunday. 

The fire was limited to one room and firefighters put it out quickly.  A cause and origination investigation led fire officials to determine the fire was arson.  The Corvallis Police Department is treating it as a criminal matter.

The Center is near the University of Oregon campus, where 19-year-old Mohamed Osman Mohamud attended classes until recently.  He reportedly went to services at the mosque.

Mohamud was caught in an FBI sting operation in which authorities say he tried to detonate a bomb that he didn't know was fake during Portland's Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

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Saturday
Nov272010

Terror Sting: Oregon Man Nabbed After Attempted Car Bombing

Photo Courtesy - Multnomah County Jail(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- Police have arrested a man who allegedly attempted to detonate a car bomb Friday night at a Portland, Ore., Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

19-year-old Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Somalia, was arrested, authorities say, after he tried to remotely detonate a van packed with what he believed were explosives.

The man was the subject of a long-term sting operation headed by the FBI. Officials allege that Mohamud made contact with an Islamic radical based overseas and expressed interest in committing violent jihad.

A statement from U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton said the explosives were inert and the public was “never in danger.”

“This defendant’s chilling determination is a stark reminder that there are people -- even here in Oregon -- who are determined to kill Americans,” Holton said.

Though police say the situation was controlled, officials admit the threat of an attack is real.

“Our investigation shows that Mohamud was absolutely committed to carrying out an attack on a very grand scale,” said Arthur Balizan, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon.

Mohamud is expected to appear in federal court in Portland on Monday.

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