Teen indicted in Dallas bomb plot

October 8, 2009 8:59:50 AM PDT
A federal grand jury in Dallas has indicted a Jordanian teenager accused of trying to bomb a Dallas skyscraper. The U.S. Attorney's Office said Thursday that Hosam Maher Smadi was indicted on one count of attempting to use of a weapon of mass destruction and one count of bombing a public place.

Authorities say Smadi parked a truck he thought contained a bomb in the garage beneath the 60-story Fountain Place office building in downtown Dallas. Later, authorities say, he dialed a cell phone he thought would ignite a blast.

The device was actually a decoy provided by FBI employees posing as al-Qaida operatives. The FBI says it had been keeping tabs on Smadi since an undercover language analyst discovered him in an online extremists group.

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