Man indicted in Facebook threat against US Metro

January 6, 2011 01:06


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ALEXANDRIA, Virginia— A man was charged on Wednesday with issuing threats on Facebook to detonate pipe bombs on the DC subway system and in the city's Georgetown neighborhood.

Twenty-five-year-old Awais Younis, a native of Afghanistan living in Virginia, was arrested in November after an acquaintance contacted the FBI. The acquaintance was alarmed by comments made by Younis during a Facebook chat about building pipe bombs with specific types of shrapnel to cause maximum damage on the Metro system.

The federal indictment for interstate communication of a threat came Wednesday in US District Court in Alexandria.

A magistrate judge ordered Younis be held and receive a mental health evaluation.

Younis' attorney, federal public defender Todd Richman, declined comment.

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