LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - FBI agents arrested a Saudi Arabian man living in Lubbock, TX, on a charge of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction Wednesday. An official statement says Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, 20, had plans to build bombs and had attempted to order dangerous chemicals over the Internet.
Aldawasari was held Thursday in the Lubbock County Jail.
Robert Casey FBI Special Agent of the Dallas Division spoke to the City Council and KCBD NewsChannel 11 had a crew there.
"Arrest last night of FBI in Lubbock of Khalid Aldawsari a Saudi national charged of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction in a terrorist attack on the United States," said agent Casey. "It's the only case of its type currently underway in the FBI in terms of insider threat inside of the country."
"Want to point out in all discussions around the country and the police partnership in national security there's not a better example than this case over the last 48 hours and a few weeks ago when suspicious activity came to the Lubbock PD's attention and they consulted with us immediately allowing us to preserve certain covert investigative opportunities that ultimately neutralized what was absolutely a planned act of terrorism in the united states"
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.
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