An 18-year-old man living in Tucson, Arizona, was arrested and charged with two counts tied to terrorism after law-enforcement agents alleged he was planning to attack government buildings in Pima and Maricopa counties.
Mahin Khan was arrested Friday and given a first court appearance on Saturday, where he was formally charged with one count of conspiracy to commit terrorism and one count of terrorism, the Arizona Daily Independent reported.
Meanwhile, the local Islamic facility distanced itself from Khan.
“[We] had no acquaintance or knowledge of this man,” said Taha Hasan, a spokesman for the Tucson Islamic Center, to the local newspaper. “It is very possible that at one time or another, he may have visited the center. However, I can say with certainty that he was not a regular member of attendee of the mosque.”
Hasan then went on to speak of the clean record of the center in regards to denouncing all types of terrorist acts – even those committed by religions different from Islam, he said.
“The Islamic Center of Tucson has continuously and repeatedly denounced any and all acts of terrorism, no matter the religion, race or ethnicity of the terrorists,” Hasan said, the Arizona Daily Independent reported. “We were intensely saddened by the terrorist attack in Turkey that targeted Muslims and we are equally relieved for the safety of Tucson and Tucsonans with any plans of terrorism being thwarted.”
Khan reportedly attended Catalina Foothills High School for a spell in 2013, but withdrew at his parents’ request due to disciplinary reasons.
Tucson residents in the last few months have reported sightings of ISIS tags in various neighborhoods.
Khan is being held without bond in Maricopa County Jail.
Mia Garcia, a spokesperson for the jail, said his court records are sealed but that state and federal authorities don’t believe Arizona residents face any other immediate risk of terror attack.
“The Arizona Attorney General’s Office is working closely with federal authorities to keep Arizonans safe,” she said, to KPHO. “We are not aware of any threats Khan made that involve the 4th of July holiday weekend.”
Meanwhile, a public-affairs official with the FBI i Phoenix said similarly.
“The FBI believes there is no specific and credible threat information about possible attacks in the U.S. as we enter the July 4th holiday,” the FBI’s Jill McCabe told CBS News.