September 15, 2012, 5:53 p.m.
An Illinois teen has been arrested on suspicion of trying to detonate a car bomb in front of a Chicago bar, authorities said Saturday. The device was inert and had been supplied by an undercover agent.
Adel Daoud, 18, was charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and to damage and destroy a building with an explosive, authorities said. He could face life in prison if convicted.
According to the U.S. attorney’s Office in Chicago, Daoud in October began sending emails with information about “violent jihad and the killing of Americans.” The emails, some of which were sent to him, included information about jihad, the Taliban and Anwar Awlaki, the radical American cleric who was killed by a U.S. drone, according to a complaint filed in federal court Saturday. At one point, Daoud sent a PowerPoint presentation defending tactics used by Osama bin Laden, authorities allege.
Daoud, who is a U.S. citizen, also used email to encourage others to join a violent struggle, according to a complaint filed in federal court.