Teen Indicted in Downtown Chicago Bomb Plot

Adel Daoud is accused of trying to detonate a car bomb

Thursday, Sep 20, 2012  |  Updated 4:20 PM CDT
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Teen Charged in Bomb Plot Appears in Court

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Adel Daoud

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Teen Charged in Bomb Plot Appears in Court

Adel Daoud, 18, is accused of trying to blow up what the thought was a car bomb in front of a downtown bar. Charlie Wojciechowski reports.
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The U.S. attorney's office says a federal grand jury has indicted an Illinois teenager who is accused of trying to ignite what he thought was a car bomb outside of a Chicago bar.

Adel Daoud on Thursday was charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to damage or destroy a building by means of an explosive.

Daoud, who will turn 19 on Friday, was arrested last week after allegedly trying to set off a triggering device that was part of a fake mechanism set up by FBI agents as a part of a sting.

According to court documents, in his conversations with the agent, Daoud explained his reasons for wanting an attack, saying the United States was at war "with Islam and Muslims.''

His attorney said earlier this week that undercover agents may have improperly lured his client into the act.

"A lot of questions ought to be asked as to why they want to detain him," attorney Tom Durkin said Monday after Daoud's initial appearance in a federal court. "They started the investigation, according to their complaint, in October of 2011. And I guess he wasn't too dangerous until last Friday night."
 

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