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Texas resident indicted on WMD charge

AMARILLO, Texas, June 27 (UPI) -- A federal grand jury in Amarillo, Texas, Wednesday indicted a Saudi citizen on one count of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.

Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, 22, a citizen of Saudi Arabia and resident of Lubbock, Texas, is charged with the "attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction in connection with his purchase of chemicals and equipment necessary to make an improvised explosive device and his research of potential U.S. targets, including persons and infrastructure," the Justice Department said in a statement.

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Aldawsari entered the country legally in 2008 on a student visa. He was arrested in February 2011 on a criminal complaint alleging he had been researching "how to construct an IED using several chemicals as ingredients," the statement said.

Aldawsari also acquired or had taken a substantial step toward acquiring "most of the ingredients and equipment necessary to construct an IED and he had conducted online research of several potential U.S. targets," the statement said. "In addition, he had allegedly described his desire for violent jihad and martyrdom in blog postings and a personal journal."

"Today's guilty verdict shows how individuals in the United States with the intent to do harm can acquire the knowledge and materials necessary to carry out an attack," said Diego G. Rodriguez, special agent in charge of the FBI Dallas Field Division.

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Aldawsari is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 9 in Amarillo. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

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