An Arizona man who has been charged with distributing instructions on how to make explosives was arraigned at the US District Court in Tuscon Monday afternoon.
He was scheduled to appear in federal court for a preliminary hearing Wednesday but his attorneys requested a two-day continuance.
Ahmad Suhad Ahmad, a refugee from Iraq, is accused of traveling from Tucson to Las Vegas in order to help undercover FBI agents construct a bomb.
In 2016, Ahmad is accused of telling an FBI informant that “he knew how to detonate a bomb by using a cellular phone with a removable cellular battery.” He went on to say he learned the detonation technique during “the war in Iraq.”
Months later, in the spring of 2017, the informant asked Ahmad if he could “show him how to make a car bomb for a target in Mexico,” according to a federal complaint unsealed Monday.
The suspect allegedly said he could and sent instructions in Arabic for a “land mine or IED” via text message.
He eventually agreed to travel to Las Vegas to help undercover FBI agents build the device he sent.
Bringing a few of his own supplies, he traveled to Las Vegas with two agents and was able to build the explosive devices with the help of the supplies provided by the agents.
“The group all went to a condominium in Vegas and over the course of several hours, Ahmad built the bomb, while describing what he was doing to undercover agents,” the filing in U.S. District Court reads.
After completing the first IED, he guided one of the agents on how to make a second device.
According to an exclusive report by the Daily Mail, Ahmad came to America as a refugee from Iraq more than ten years ago and ran a mechanic shop in Tuscon.
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