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Teen indicted in alleged bomb plot

October 09, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A federal grand jury has indicted a Jordanian teen accused of trying to blow up a Dallas skyscraper with what he thought was a car bomb, federal prosecutors said.

Hosam Maher Smadi, 19, was indicted Wednesday on one count of attempting to use of a weapon of mass destruction and one count of bombing a public place; the charges were not made public until Thursday. Each count carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, the U.S. attorney's office said.

Smadi was arrested Sept. 24. Authorities said he parked a truck in a garage beneath a 60-story office building, then -- once he was at a safe distance -- dialed a cellphone he thought would ignite a bomb in the vehicle. The device was a decoy provided by undercover FBI agents, the agency said.

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