Iraqi man charged in Ariz. explosion pleads not guilty
Abdullatif Ali Aldosary
An Iraqi man charged with detonating a homemade explosive device outside a Social Security Administration office building in Casa Grande was arraigned in federal court Tuesday.
Abdullatif Ali Aldosary pleaded not guilty.
He was indicted last week by a federal grand jury on charges of maliciously damaging federal property by means of explosives and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Authorities say the 47-year-old researched bomb-making materials and gathered chemicals before detonating an explosive outside the Social Security office on Nov 30. No one was injured in the blast, which only damaged a door.
Officials say he came to the U.S. legally in 1997, but was denied a green card because he fought with anti-government forces trying to overthrow former Iraq dictator Saddam Hussein.
His public defender declined comment and officials haven't said what the motive was for the attack.