Transcript for Homegrown Terror Averted?
We move on tonight here to that alleged home grown terror plot. An 18-year-old accused of trying to detonate a car bomb in the middle of chicago. Police say he actually pulled the trigger, but he'd been setup. Here's abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas tonight. Reporter: The target, the heart of downtown chicago. The mission? To blow up a bar full of customers at one of the busiest times. During happy hour. The fbi says adel daoud had been praying to kill as many people as possible before he parked a jeep cherokee that he thought was full of explosives, just after 7:00 p.M. Friday. They said he got out of the car, walked a block away from the bar and began squeezing on a trigger that he thought would detonate a car bomb. But the bomb was a fake. him in handcuffs. Daoud lived only a short distance away in this suburban neighborhood. His neighbors were stunned at the allegations. It's very scary. And it hurts my heart because i never would have thought -- never would I have thought that, you know, this was the way his mind was going. Reporter: Fbi officials say daoud came to their attention last october after he allegedly began posting violent messages on the internet. A few months later, fbi undercover agents posing as radicals contacted daoud online. Discussions allegedly began about waging jihad here. By the summer, after daoud was put in contact with anoth undercover agent posing as a terrorist based in norm, new york, he allegedly began planning an attack and looking at potential targets, including malls and military recruiting centers. Fbi officials say daoud was given more than one chance to
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