Dallas Bomb Attempt Arrest: Hosam Maher Husein Smadi arrested in alleged attempt to bomb Dallas skyscraper

DALLAS - Police arrested a man after he allegedly placed an inactive car bomb near Fountain Place at 1445 Ross Avenue in downtown Dallas.

Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, a 19-year-old Jordanian citizen who has been living and working in Italy, Texas illegally, was charged with "attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction," authorities said.

Authorities said Smadi had been under FBI surveillance for some time after expressing "his desire to commit violent Jihad" numerous times.

"The highest priority of the FBI and the Department of Justice remains the prevention of another terrorist attack within the United States," said U.S. Attorney Jacks in a news release. "In that effort, it is the job of the FBI to locate and identify individuals' intent upon carrying out any type of attack upon this country and its citizens/residents."

After learning of Smadi's desires to commit Jihad, undercover FBI agents were introduced to Smadi as "sleeper cells," authorities said. During several months with the 19-year-old, authorities said they learned he had no connection to other terrorist organizations but was intent to sacrifice himself in violent Jihad despite efforts of agents to "reevaluate his interpretation of Jihad."

With 60 floors, Fountain Place is the fifth tallest building in Dallas and the 15th tallest building in Texas. The building was designed by I.M. Pei and Partners and completed in 1986.

Source: WFAA



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