Va. Man Indicted for Facebook Threat Against Metro

Wednesday, Jan 5, 2011  |  Updated 8:45 PM EDT
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Va. Man Indicted for Facebook Threat Against Metro

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A federal grand jury has indicted a northern Virginia man for allegedly issuing threats on Facebook to detonate pipe bombs on the D.C. subway system and in the city's Georgetown neighborhood.

Awais Younis, 25, of Arlington, a native of Afghanistan, 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 indictment for interstate communication of a threat was handed up Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.

A magistrate judge earlier ordered Younis be held pending trial. The judge also ordered that Younis receive a mental health evaluation.

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