FBI: Saudi student planned to bomb former president's Dallas home

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by JIM DOUGLAS

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WFAA

Posted on February 24, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 24 at 7:05 PM

FBI agents moved in late Wednesday to arrest a West Texas student after they tracked his purchases of bomb making materials, and finding other evidence of his intent to create a weapon of mass destruction.

Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, 20, is a citizen of Saudi Arabia. He came to the United States in 2008 on a student visa to study chemical engineering at Texas Tech. He is now a student at South Plains College near Lubbock.

Authorities were led to Aldawsari by a chemical company in North Carolina when the student tried to buy ingredients commonly used in an explosive called TNP.

On Aldawsari's blog, he wrote of "war until the infidels leave defeated."

When agents searched his Lubbock apartment, they found a notebook where he allegedly wrote that "after learning how to build explosives and continues planning to target the infidel Americans, it's time for jihad."

According to the arrest affidavit, agents also found a target list that included dams, nuclear plants and the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush.

Agents also found inside the apartment three gallons of sulfuric acid, which is also one of the ingredients in the explosive.

Khalid Aldawsari is scheduled to appear in federal court in Lubbock Friday morning.

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