FBI Says it Supplied Fake Bomb in Chicago Plot

By: AP
By: AP

CHICAGO (AP) -- Authorities say a man arrested for allegedly placing a backpack he thought contained a bomb near Chicago's Wrigley Field got the fake explosive from an FBI undercover agent.

It's a tactic that's been used in other U.S. terrorism cases in recent years.

Sami Samir Hassoun was charged Monday with one count each of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempted use of an explosive device. The 22-year-old is a Lebanese citizen who has lived in Chicago for about three years.

It wouldn't be the first time FBI agents have posed as terror operatives and supplied suspects with bogus explosives. For example, last year authorities arrested a Jordanian national after he allegedly tried to detonate a fake bomb outside a Dallas skyscraper.

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