Skyscraper Bombing Plot

POSTED: Friday, September 25, 2009 - 1:24pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:24pm

FBI arrest Texas man in alleged skyscraper bombing plot...

A Jordanian national was arrested Thursday and charged with attempting to bomb a Dallas skyscraper, the FBI said.

Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, 19, will make his first appearance in U.S. District Court before Magistrate Judge Irma C. Ramirez on Friday morning.

Smadi was arrested near Fountain Place, a 60-story glass office tower in downtown Dallas.

He is accused of placing an inactive bomb in the building's parking garage, investigators said.

The FBI said Smadi believed the device, which was provided by an undercover agent, was a car bomb.

Smadi is accused of targeting the Wells Fargo Bank offices in Fountain Place, which is located in downtown Dallas.

Investigators said Smadi was in the country illegally and lived and worked in Italy, Texas, which is about 45 miles south of Dallas.

The FBI said it believes it has a strong case against Smadi, but officials said the level of concern about him as a terrorist was relatively low.

Federal officials said the case has no connection with the major terrorism investigation under way in Colorado and New York or the Thursday arrest of a man facing similar charges in Springfield, Illinois.

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