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FBI: Man facing terrorism charges wanted to target Jewish community center in Tucson

Published: Jul. 19, 2016 at 6:53 PM MST|Updated: Jul. 20, 2016 at 1:18 AM MST
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PHOENIX (AP) - A federal agent has testified that the Tucson man charged with plotting a terrorist attack in metro Phoenix also told an undercover FBI employee that he wanted to target a Jewish community center in his hometown.

Agent Benjamin Trentlage said Tuesday that Mahin Khan, 18, eventually focused on plans to attack a motor vehicle office in Mesa and instructed the undercover employee to start building explosives.

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Trentlage said Khan revealed his desire to attack the Jewish community center in a 2015 exchange with an undercover FBI employee.

During the exchange, Khan referred to an earlier attack on a military reserve center in Tennessee.

Khan, who pleaded not guilty to terrorism charge, suffered minor injuries July 2 when he was assaulted in jail

According to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Khan was initially asked if he would like to be placed in voluntary segregation, but he declined.

He was evaluated at a hospital, and now is in segregated housing Tat the Lower Buckeye Jail.

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