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Texas student arrested in bomb plot



The Associated Press

LUBBOCK, Texas - A college student from Saudi Arabia who studied chemical engineering in Texas bought explosive chemicals online as part of a plan to hide bomb materials in dolls and baby carriages to blow up targets in New York City, perhaps the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush, and dams and nuclear plants, the Justice Department said yesterday.

"After mastering the English language, learning how to build explosives and continuous planning to target the infidel Americans, it is time for jihad," or holy war, Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari wrote in his private journal, according to court documents.

Aldawsari, 20, wrote that he had planned an attack in the United States for years, even before coming to the U.S. on a scholarship. He said he was influenced by Osama bin Laden's speeches and he bemoaned the plight of Muslims.

One of the chemical companies, Carolina Biological Supply of Burlington, N.C., reported $435 in suspicious purchases by Aldawsari to the FBI on Feb. 1. Separately, shipping company Con-Way Freight notified Lubbock police the same day with similar suspicions.

In e-mails Aldawsari apparently sent himself, he listed 12 reservoir dams in Colorado and California and mentioned "Tyrant's House" with the address of Bush's home. Aldawsari's journal also had a plan for leaving car bombs in different places during rush hour in the city and remotely detonating them.

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said, "We know he had a sort of a to-do list, to come to New York and spend time here . . . our operating assumption is that New York is a top terrorist target."

Aldawsari, who was legally in the U.S. on a student visa, was charged yesterday with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.

With Anthony M. DeStefano

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