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Alleged bomb plot in Dallas thwarted by FBI

By Associated Press

Dallas – A 19-year-old Jordanian national has been arrested on charges he plotted to bomb a downtown Dallas skyscraper.

A statement from the U.S. attorney's office in Dallas says Hosam Maher Husein Smadi was arrested Thursday after placing what he thought was a bomb at the 60-story Fountain Place office tower. The decoy device was given to him by an undercover FBI agent.

The FBI has been monitoring the man, who lived in the small north Texas town of Italy.He's charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. Federal officials say the case has no connection with the major terrorism investigation under way in Colorado and New York.