An Iraqi refuge living in the US built two homemade bombs in a Las Vegas condominium which he planned to use in a deadly terror attack, DailyMail.com can reveal.
But Ahmad Suhad Ahmad was thwarted by the FBI because the bureau had set up the whole thing as an elaborate sting operation, according to bombshell court documents.
Ahmad is accused of showing undercover FBI agents how to connect the blasting caps and where to place the C-4 on the bombs – intended to hit a target in Mexico.
According to the paperwork filed at the US District Court in Tuscon, Arizona, Ahmad, is also accused of teaching ‘the making and use of an explosive, destructive device, or weapon of mass destruction’, to another person between March and April, 2017.
Ahmad Suhad Ahmad (pictured with his children) was thwarted by the FBI because the bureau had set up the whole thing as an elaborate sting operation, according to bombshell court documents
He allegedly provided an undercover FBI operative with homemade bomb recipes and taught them how to construct ‘remote-detonating bombs’.
Ahmad told a confidential FBI source how to detonate a bomb using a cell phone with a removable battery – a trick he said he learned during the war in Iraq, the papers allege.
‘Ahmad said the bombs were easy to make,’ it states.
FBI operatives say they met with Ahmad at his apartment in Tucson and asked him to show them how to make a car bomb to hit a target in Mexico – to which Ahmad agreed.
During April 4 and April 26, 2017 Ahmad met on numerous occasions with multiple undercover FBI agents in Tucson to discuss the plans for building the bomb.
DailyMail.com has exclusively obtained the court documents and learned that Ahmad was arrested at his home in Tucson on Monday in an FBI swoop.
The Iraqi refuge living in the US built two homemade bombs in a Las Vegas condominium (pictured) which he planned to use in a deadly terror attack, DailyMail.com can reveal
FBI operatives say they met with Ahmad at his apartment in Tucson and asked him to show them how to make a car bomb to hit a target in Mexico – to which Ahmad agreed (pictured is his Tuscon apartment)
Ahmad is accused of showing undercover FBI agents how to connect the blasting caps and where to place the C-4 on the bombs – intended to hit a target in Mexico (pictured The Palms’ apartment and condo rental complex in Tucson, AZ where he was arrested)
He was arraigned at the US District Court in Tuscon Monday afternoon and has been taken to a federal facility.
According to the documents Ahmad first told the FBI confidential source he knew how to detonate a bomb in December, 2016 and showed the source an image of explosive materials and instructions on his cellphone.
Ahmad, it states, explained the instructions in Arabic, not in English. But it wasn’t until April the following year that the plans for a potential terror attack or assassination swung in to play.
‘On April 13, 2017 Ahmad showed CS3 (Confidential Source 3) homemade bomb instructions on his cell phone and promised to translate them,’ the paperwork states. Ahmad then met CS3 three days later in his car outside an apartment complex in Tucson.
‘Ahmad explained some of the equipment he would need to build the bomb and that he had been studying up on how to build the explosive,’ the papers state. ‘Ahmad sent CS3 a text message with a bomb recipe written in Arabic.
‘The recipe consisted of a multi-step process to make a landmine or improvised explosive device (IED).’
Ahmad is accused of showing undercover FBI agents how to connect the blasting caps and where to place the C-4 on the bombs – intended to hit a target in Mexico
The documents state that as part of the plan Ahmad agreed to travel to Las Vegas to make the bomb. He traveled to Sin City with two confidential FBI sources and two undercover agents on April 26, 2017.
The Iraqi national brought with him a number of his own items to make the bomb, including a circuit tester, electrical tape, and tubes of Permatex Epoxy – a strong adhesive.
‘The undercover agents brought the other items required to build the bomb, which were obtained by a list provided by Ahmad,’ the documents state. The group all went to a condominium in Vegas and over the course of several hours Ahmad built the bomb, while describing what he was doing to undercover agents.
After constructing the first device the document claims, Ahmad then ‘guided’ an undercover agent on how to make a second device. ‘Once both devices were completed, Ahmad explained how they operated,’ the paperwork ended. DailyMail.com has learned Ahmad, who ran a mechanic shop in Tuscon, was a refugee who arrived in the US from Iraq more than ten years ago.
On his Facebook he posted a photo of himself with three children, with the graphic, ‘I stand with Refugees’. A hearing in Ahmad’s case is expected to take place Wednesday at the US District Court in Tucson.
The development comes amid the devastating aftermath of the ‘MAGAbomber’ threat to the US.
DailyMail.com exclusively obtained the court documents revealing Ahmad had been arrested for making the bombs
Although the bomb threat wasn’t to Las Vegas, the fact the devices were constructed in the party city – which attracts around 40 million visitors a year – will strike fear among its residents.
On October 1 last year lone-wolf gunman Stephen Paddock, 65, did expose security lapses in the city, long deemed a ‘soft target’.
He used automatic weapons he had smuggled into his room to rain down gunfire on a crowd of 22,000 people attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival Sunday night.
He was found with 23 guns in his room and thousands of rounds of ammunition in the Mandalay Bay hotel, across the street from the festival.
Paddock had carried the weapons into the hotel in ten bags and he set up two rifles on tripods in his make-shift sniper’s nest overlooking the crowds.
Thousands of rounds of ammunition were also found in the suite, enabling him to fire repeatedly over the course of 72 minutes. His car had traces of a fertilizer used in bomb-making.
When police finally got to him and burst into the hotel suite they discovered Paddock had taken his own life.
DailyMail.com has repeatedly reached out to the US Assistant Attorney’s office in Tucson handling the Ahmad case and received a ‘no comment’ statement.