Teen charged with trying to blow up Chicago bar
CHICAGO — Undercover FBI agents arrested an 18-year-old American man who tried to detonate what he believed was a car bomb outside a downtown Chicago bar, federal prosecutors said yesterday.
Adel Daoud, a U.S. citizen from the Chicago suburb of Hillside, was arrested Friday night in an undercover operation in which agents pretending to be terrorists provided him with a phony car bomb.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago, which announced the arrest yesterday, said the device was harmless and the public was never at risk.
Daoud is charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to damage and destroy a building with an explosive.
Someone who answered a call to Daoud's home in Hillside on Saturday who said her name was Hiba and that she was Daoud's sister declined to discuss Daoud, the family or the arrest. "We don't even know anything. We don't know that much. We know as little as you do," she said. "They're just accusations." "We'd like to be left alone," she said.
The FBI began monitoring Daoud after he posted material online about violent jihad and the killing of Americans, federal prosecutors said.
Evacuation order lifted after Ind. chemical fire
MISHAWAKA, Ind. — Hundreds of northern Indiana residents returned home yesterday after spending the night at shelters, hotels or with relatives after a chemical fire at a vacant plant that's in the midst of a federally supervised cleanup ousted them from their homes.
Mishawaka Battalion Chief Mike Croy said the all-clear was given about 7 a.m. yesterday after air monitoring showed it was safe for residents to return home within a one-mile radius of the old Baycote factory.
The fire inside a small area of the factory in Mishawaka released a chemical vapor cloud of unknown substances over the city's south side, prompting officials to order the precautionary evacuation, Croy said. "They really weren't sure what the chemical was and what effects it might have on people," he said.