FBI opplyste fredag at de hadde arrestert en marokkaner som var på vei til Kongressen for å sprenge seg selv i luften. FBI hadde hatt mannen under overvåking i lang tid.
A would-be suicide bomber was arrested Friday, allegedly en route to attack Congress.
The man wanted to target the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, sources told ABC News, and had reached out to obtain a suicide vest.
FBI undercover agents apparently provided him with a mock suicide vest and arrested him as he was on his way to his alleged target this morning.
The suspect, said to be man of Moroccan descent, has been identified as Amine El Khalifi.
The FBI had been monitoring the man for about a year and, in recent weeks, finalized the sting.
The man was in possession of a suicide vest at the time of the arrest, sources said, but officials added the explosives were inert. The public was never in danger, law enforcement officials told ABC News.
However, officials said, the case is a sobering reminder that there remains a threat of homegrown radicals, so-called lone wolves.
«This arrest was the culmination of a lengthy and extensive operation, during which the individual was closely and carefully monitored,» said Sgt. Kimberly Schneider of the U.S. Capitol Police, who said the suspect was arrested «in the area» of the Capitol building.