Saudi Bomb Plotter Studied Chemical Engineering At Tech

The Saudi man accused of plotting to make a bomb to launch an attack on  U.S. targets including the home of former President George W. Bush is due to appear in federal court in Lubbock this morning. Twenty-year-old Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari was arrested yesterday on suspicion of buying chemicals to build the bomb. He is charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. Aldawsari is a former chemical engineering student at Texas Tech who transferred to South Plains this semester. Authorities said he apparently was not out to bomb anything on the South Plains. But Lubbock police were being credited by the FBI for playing a key investigative role in thwarting what  they said was a major terrorist scheme.   Federal investigators secretly searched Aldawsari’s Lubbock apartment twice. They discovered emails Aldawsari had sent to himself identifying hydroelectric dams, nuclear power plants and the address of the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush. And entries found in a journal indicated that Aldawsari had been planning a terrorist attack in the U.S. for years.  He recently placed an order for phenol, a chemical which can be used to make explosives, with a North Carolina firm. The chemical was being shipped to Lubbock by California-based Conway Freight, but the company intercepted it as suspicious and Conway returned it to the supplier, who notified police.

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