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Suspect in Wrigleyville Terror Plot Due in Court

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Suspect in Wrigleyville Terror Plot Due in Court

Prosecutors say Hassoun placed what he thought was a bomb near Sluggers bar in Wrigleyville. (Photo courtesy of Flickr)

A man accused of planting what he thought was a real bomb outside Wrigley Field is due in court Thursday.

Federal agents say 22-year-old Sami Samir Hassoun wanted to force political change in Chicago. He allegedly talked about poisoning Lake Michigan, bombing Willis Tower and ways to force Mayor Richard Daley to resign.

But he was arrested earlier this month for a different plot altogether.

On an early Sunday morning near Wrigley Field, authorities say Hassoun planted a backpack with what he thought were real explosives in a trash can near some popular bars. But authorities say Hassoun had been working with an undercover FBI agent who gave him a decoy device.

Hassoun’s attorney says his client is not a terrorist and a plot like this is uncharacteristic of Hassoun.

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