FBI stops jihadist trying to blow up more than fireworks in Phoenix and Tucson


Mahin Khan
Mugshot via Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

An 18-year-old man was arrested by the FBI on Friday on suspicion of a conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism against two government buildings in Arizona.

The man, Mahin Khan, was arrested after an investigation by the FBI joint terrorism task force, a spokesperson at the bureau’s field office in Phoenix told NBC News.

Attorney General’s Office spokesperson Mia Garcia told NBC News that Khan is suspected of conspiring to attack buildings in Phoenix and Tuscon.

“He’s been booked into the Maricopa County Jail on two counts, the first count is conspiracy to commit terrorism, and the second count is terrorism,” Garcia told Fox 10.

“Khan allegedly conspired to commit acts of terrorism on government buildings in Maricopa and Pima counties,” she said.

The arrest is not related to the Fourth of July Weekend celebrations and the timing of the arrest is a coincidence, authorities told NBC News.

“The Attorney General’s office is working very closely with federal authorities to keep Arizonans safe and we are not aware of any threats that Khan made that involve Fourth of July weekend,” Garcia said

“The FBI believes there is no specific and credible threat information about possible attacks in the U.S. as we enter the July 4th holiday,” FBI spokeswoman Jill McCabe said in a statement.

Kahn is currently being held without bail.

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