En 21 år gammel konvertitt ble onsdag arrestert av FBI da han ville sprenge et rekrutteringssenter for hæren i lufta med en bilbombe. Det er andre gang på kort tid at noen blir arrestert for å ha forsøkt å gjennomføre en terroraksjon i USA. Også denne aksjonen hadde FBI full kontroll over.
Antonio Martinez, also known as Muhammad Hussain, was charged with attempted murder of federal officers and employees and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, according to the criminal complaint filed in a federal court in Baltimore.
«Every person Mr. Martinez asked to join in his scheme either declined to participate, tried to talk him out of it or reported him to the FBI, and there is no evidence that Mr. Martinez received direction or support from any other person,» said Rod Rosenstein, the U.S. attorney for Maryland.
Officials said Martinez was monitored closely by law enforcement agents to mitigate any potential threat.
Authorities were alerted to Martinez, 21, in October by an FBI confidential source who saw his Facebook posts about Islam. The source told them he had talked with Martinez about his desire to attack the recruiting office in Catonsville, Maryland, according to an FBI affidavit.
The affidavit said that Martinez, who had recently converted to Islam, talked to the source about getting guns to shoot the people at the recruiting station from a nearby roof or fashion homemade bombs to throw at them.
At one point, Martinez tried to recruit three others to help with the plot, but they refused, the affidavit said. After Martinez insisted on proceeding, according to the affidavit, the confidential source offered to introduce him to a «brother» who could help but in fact was an undercover FBI agent.
At one point, the confidential FBI source spoke with Martinez about whether to go forward and tried to determine if he was feeling pushed. Martinez replied, «I came to you about this brother,» the FBI affidavit said.