Muslim extremist caught with car bomb outside a Chicago bar was only 18 years old.
Adel Daoud has been arrested by the FBI in a sting operation.
Daoud has been identified by ABC news as a U.S. Citizen who is from the Chicago suburb of Hillside.
Fortunately, undercover agents had been investigating Daoud. The undercover agents playing along with Daoud were pretending to be extremists which meant that there was never any danger of a bomb exploding.
Daoud was being monitored by the FBI when he began posting disturbing material online about killing Americans and engaging in a violent jihad.
He reportedly starting posting the disturbing messages in October, 2011.
The undercover agents monitoring Daoud made their initial contact with him in May, 2012.
Agents played along with Daoud and the Muslim extremist was supplied with a phony car bomb.
He drove to the bar Friday evening at approximately 7 pm and parked his car, a Jeep Cherokee, in front of his target, the crowded bar.
It appears he fully intended to go through with his act of terrorism because he then went a safe distance away and attempted to detonate the bomb.
The bomb was a fake and therefore didn’t detonate. Daoud was promptly arrested after the failed detonation attempt.
ABC News reports that if convicted, Daoud faces a statutory maximum sentence of life in prison for attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. He also faces a sentence of between 5 and 20 years for attempting to damage or destroy a building by means of an explosive.
Acts of terrorism directed toward the United States are on the rise particularly since the controversy over the film ,”Innocence of Muslims” which portrays the Prophet Mohammad as a womanizer, a homosexual and a child abuser with thugs as followers, inciting extremist groups in the middle east who believe it is blasphemy to even mention say the Prophet’s name.
Fortunately a senseless tragedy was prevented. The sad reality though is that there are many others extremists waiting in the wings.