Man accused of plotting attack on DMV office denied bail

PHOENIX (AP) -- A judge has ruled a Tucson man charged with plotting a terrorist attack on a motor vehicle office in metro Phoenix will remain jailed until his trial because he poses a danger to the community.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sam Myers said Wednesday that no conditions could be imposed on releasing Mahin Khan that could ensure the public is protected.

Authorities say Khan wanted to attack a motor vehicle office in Mesa and instructed an undercover FBI employee to start building homemade grenades.

Prosecutor Blaine Gadow says the FBI and Khan's parents took steps to steer him away from his radical viewpoint, but he kept making statements about wanting to attack targets.

Defense attorneys argued that Khan should be released from jail and electronically monitored.


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