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Dec 11, 2012 11:45 AM

Iraqi man charged in Ariz. explosion set for court

PHOENIX (AP) - An Iraqi man charged with detonating a homemade explosive device outside a Social Security Administration office building in Casa Grande is set for a court appearance.

Abdullatif Ali Aldosary 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.

Aldosary is set for arraignment in Phoenix on Tuesday. His public defender hasn't returned calls for comment.

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.

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