19-year old Hosam Maher Husein Smadi was arrested Thursday, September 24 after attempting to detonate a bomb attached to a vehicle in Texas. Smadi targeted Dallas’s 60-story Fountain Plaza office tower.
Counterterrorism officials had been investigating the suspect because of frequently stated intentions to inflict damage and death upon the United States, which he believed to be an enemy of Islam. Smadi told an undercover agent he was targeting the building, and the FBI worked to ensure the vehicle contained an inactive explosive device that Smadi was unable to detonate.
Smadi is slated to appear in a Dallas court on Friday.