FBI Terror Stings Nabs Man With Fake Bomb In Backpack

Sami Samir Hassoun, a 22-year-old Lebanese citizen was arrested Sunday morning in an FBI sting operation after he placed a backpack he believed contained an explosive device near a trash can on a crowded street corner in Chicago, Illinois.

Hassoun was charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempted use of an explosive device, according to the FBI’s Chicago field office.

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According to Federal authorities, Hassoun never posed any actual threat because the pipe bomb was inoperable and had been provided to Hassoun by an undercover agent.

The FBI says Hassoun had discussed with an associate various plots for monetary gain or to cause political transformation in Chicago. Those alleged schemes included a biological attack on the city, poisoning Lake Michigan, attacking police officers, bombing the Willis Tower or assassinating Mayor Richard Daley.

Hassoun is being held without bond pending a detention hearing on Wednesday.

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