18-Year-Old Muslim Man in Tucson Arrested in Terror Plot


A young Muslim man plotting to carry out acts of terrorism against government buildings in Maricopa and Pima counties has been arrested by the FBI and the Arizona Attorney General’s office.

Mahin Khan, 18, was arrested at his home Friday, July 1, following an FBI investigation, and is being held in the Maricopa County jail without bail on suspicion of conspiring to commit terrorism, reports the Arizona Central.   

Kahn appeared before a judge Saturday morning, but a spokeswoman for the Arizona attorney general’s office, Mia Garcia, says the records are currently sealed to protect the investigation, and will likely be unsealed sometime this week.

Khan is reported to have lived with his parents in an exclusive gated community of Catalina Foothills Estates in north Tucson.   He turned 18 just two weeks ago.

According to the Arizona Daily, Khan attended Catalina foothills High School for just a few days in August 2013.  The superintendent responded to an email, saying there were behavior issues and his parents withdrew him to avoid disciplinary action.   It is unknown if he ever attended another high school.

A spokesman for the Tucson Islamic Center claimed he had no knowledge of Kahn, and said although it is possible he may have visited the center, he was not a regular member of the mosque.

Officials tried to reassure the public there was no danger.   “The Arizona Attorney General’s Office is working closely with federal authorities to keep Arizonans safe. We are not aware of any threats Khan made that involve the Fourth of July holiday weekend,” Garcia said.

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