Saudi ex-student in Texas sentenced to life for terror plot
Amarillo, TX, United States (4E) – A Saudi national formerly studying at a Texas college was sentenced Tuesday to life imprisonment for plotting to bomb former president George W. Bush’s home, nuclear plants and other targets in the U.S.
Prosecutors said Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, 22, was meted the punishment in Amarillo, Texas. A jury convicted him in June.
Aldawsari was arrested in February 2011 after he ordered concentrated phenol, a toxic chemical that can also be used in making bombs. The phenol supplier tipped him off to the police and prompted the FBI to raid his home.
FBI agents found evidences of his terror plot such as his journal entries and emails telling how he will carry out the planned attacks. One of Aldawsari’s emails lists targets, including Bush and three U.S. military officials stationed at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. He also planned to detonate a backpack bomb at a nightclub and use dolls to hide explosives.
Another email showed instructions on how to use a mobile phone as a remote detonator and how to plant a bomb on a vehicle.
Aldawsari was enrolled at the South Plains College near Lubbock at the time of his arrest.