July 17, 2016 – Authorities confirmed that the Arizona man arrested this month and charged for planning a strike related to terrorism was attacked in jail.
According to the Maricopa County Sheriff Department, Mahin Khan of Tucson, 18, was assaulted by his co-inmates in a County jail in Maricopa on July 2 – the day after his arrest.
Authorities said that Khan suffered some non-life-threatening minor injuries and has been moved to a segregated housing in Lower Buckeye Jail. The sheriff’s office said Khan declined to be placed in the jail’s segregation housing when it was offered.
Joe Arpalo, Maricopa County Sheriff, has ordered for Khan as well as any inmate with the same charges to be isolated automatically from the rest of the population of the jail.
This month, Khan was arrested on charges related to terrorism linking to a conspiracy targeting buildings owned by the government in 2 Arizona cities.
The FBI alleges that Mahin Khan made contact with Terik-e Taliban Pakistan terrorist group, also known as TTP or the Pakistani Taliban. Khan also made with a certain person in hopes of obtaining a handgun and 2 rifles.
Mahin Khan is due back in Phoenix state court on Tuesday. According to jail records, Khan is being held without bond.