Chicago Terror Charges: Adel Daoud, 18, faces 2 counts in alleged terror plot at Chicago bar

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Adel Daoud was officially indicted on charges of attempt to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempt to damage or destroy a building by means of explosive.

Those are the same counts he faced in the criminal complaint filed last weekend after the Hillside teenager allegedly tried to set-off what he believed was a car bomb outside a Chicago bar, Cal's Liquors in the Loop. The fake bomb was created by FBI agents as part of a sting.

Daoud, who turns 19 on Friday, appeared before a federal judge in a Chicago court on Thursday and was denied bond.

Daoud's attorney Thomas Durkin says it's a case of entrapment.

"I am certainly suggesting that he was treated differently because of his ethnicity, certainly. I am also saying anybody at 18 years old, who was raised in America, who would be seriously questioning those type of values I would think might have some mental issues. I would think the FBI would know that as well," said Durkin.

The FBI says undercover agents provided Daoud with a fake bomb in a jeep Cherokee last Friday after Daoud discussed wanting to commit a jihadist attack. He allegedly parked the vehicle outside Cal's Bar and Liquors, then walked into a nearby alley and tried to detonate the bomb with a remote control.

Although the teen's attorney contested the FBI's probable cause for setting up the sting, bond was denied.

Daoud's father left court without commenting.

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