Saudi student sentenced for life for plotting attack on George W Bush's home

Last Updated: Wed, Nov 14, 2012 10:50 hrs

A Saudi student has been sentenced to life in jail for plotting an attack on the Texas home of ex-President George W Bush.

Khalid Aldawsari was convicted in June of trying to use a weapon of mass destruction and was apparently 'serious' about his plans.

The FBI found bomb-making materials such as concentrated nitric acid and three gallons of concentrated sulphuric acid in the 22-year-old's Lubbock, Texas home just before his February 2011 arrest, the BBC reports.

According to the report, FBI found evidence that Aldawsari had researched targets, including the Dallas home of Bush, which the student referred to as "Tyrant's House", along with nuclear power plants and hydroelectric dams.

FBI bomb experts said the amounts of chemicals Aldawsari gathered would have yielded almost 15lb (7kg) of explosive, about the same amount used per bomb in the 2005 London subway attacks, the report said.

Aldawsari reportedly apologized for his actions and terror plans.

"I am sorry for these bad actions, but none of these bad actions did harm to the United States," he said.

He came to the US legally in 2008, initially studying chemical engineering at Texas Tech before transferring to South Plains College to study business. A Saudi industrial company was paying his tuition and living expenses, the report added. (ANI)

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