Ala. student arrested for burning American flag, making terrorist threats in apartment fire

MOBILE, AL (WKRG) — Authorities have arrested a man accused of burning an American flag and setting fire to his apartment in Mobile.

Ibrahim Alohali, 27, claimed he had explosive devices in his home at the Rosewood Apartment complex when he was taken into custody Monday night.

According to a press release, authorities responded to a structure fire at 6601 Old Shell Road around 8:00pm. Investigators say Alohali had burned an American flag and set fire to his home.

When officers arrived on the scene, Alohali said there were explosives in his apartment, prompting the complex to be evacuated.

Alohali, who Mobile Police say is Arabic, is charged with Arson, Making Terrorist Threats, and Desecrating the U.S. Flag. News 5 is told he attempted suicide before his arrest, but was unsuccessful.

The University of South Alabama has confirmed to News 5 that Alohali is an enrolled student at their institution. He is currently a senior studying Health Sciences. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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