By: Philip Casteel Email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, 20, a citizen of Saudi Arabia and resident of Lubbock, Texas, was arrested late yesterday by FBI agents in Texas on a federal charge of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction in connection with his alleged purchase of chemicals and equipment necessary to make an improvised explosive device (IED) and his research of potential U.S. targets.
Aldawsari was in the United State on a student visa and had studied Chemical Engineering at Texas Tech. He was currently attending South Plains College. He lived in the Centre Apartments across from Texas Tech.
Congressman Randy Neugebauer released a statement saying "I was shocked. This stuff can happen anywhere, even Lubbock, Texas." The Congressman also said. "Intelligence gathering is one of our best defenses. This was extremely good work by the FBI to prevent a tragic thing from happening."
South Plains College told us, "The FBI has assured us that there was no threat to any of our campus locations. South Plains College is cooperating fully with the FBI Dallas in their investigation."
Texas Tech University said, "Texas Tech University appreciates the FBI for informing us of Wednesday's events regarding a former Texas Tech student, and thanks them for their diligent efforts in protecting our national security and keeping our university and surrounding communities safe. The university will continue to support the FBI in its investigation of this matter."
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