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FBI: VA Man Arrested After Threatening to Blow up D.C. Metro

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (The Blaze/AP) -- Federal authorities say an Arlington man is accused of making a threat on Facebook to blow up the D.C. subway system.

A judge ordered a mental evaluation for Awais Younis on Tuesday. He was arrested last week on charges of communicating threats across state lines.

A sworn statement from an FBI agent says Younis told a friend on the social networking site that he could use pipe bombs to kill people on the Metro system and in D.C.'s Georgetown neighborhood. The friend alerted the FBI.

The statement, obtained by TPM, gives more details about Younis's threat. Apparently he wanted to place the pipe bombs on the third and fifth cars of a metro train since they usually contain the most passengers. He also entertained the idea of placing a bomb underneath a sewer head in Georgetown during rush hour.

Younis also made threats online against the friend who reported him.

The Washington Examiner says Younis was born in Afghanistan, while his Facebook profile reveals he attended George Mason University.

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