San Diego May Have Been a Target of Terror Suspect Arrested in Arizona

Mahin Khan, 18, from Tucson, Arizona was arrested Friday on terrorism related charges.

A terror suspect arrested in Arizona may have wanted to target San Diego’s Mission Bay, according to a court document released Wednesday, NBC News reports.

Mahin Khan, 18, from Tucson, Arizona was arrested Friday on terrorism related charges.

According to the court document, Khan allegedly contacted someone on April 16 to buy two rifles and a handgun and asked the individual if he had ever been to Mission Bay in California. During the phone call, he allegedly said “that’s a pretty good target right there. There’s a lot of people there.”

NBC News reports that court documents had redacted the individual’s name whom Khan had contact with.

Khan had allegedly told the unnamed person that he was in contact with the Pakistani Taliban called Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and also gave that person access to his emails.

In one email, he allegedly wrote “Neek AK and pistols can you do that wanna take out marines and jews,” according to the probable cause statement.

Khan faces charges of terrorism and conspiracy to commit terrorism which involved government building in Phoenix and Tucson, according to the state attorney general’s office.

The FBI released a statement Thursday that read: 

“The Phoenix Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Arizona Attorney General's Office-Special Investigations Section made an arrest of Mahin Khan in Tucson, Arizona as a result of an investigation by the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force. Although court documents alleged that Khan mentioned “Mission Bay, California” as a potential target during the investigation, the FBI determined there is no credible threat regarding San Diego Mission Bay or the San Diego area. The FBI JTTFs continue to be a mechanism for state, local, and federal law enforcement to work together, not only within our immediate area, but across state lines, in order to keep our citizens safe.”

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