En 20-åring fra Ohio planla å sprenge rørbomber rundt Kongressen og skyte folk som løp vekk i panikk, alt for å støtte IS.
Mannen ga åpent uttrykk for sine IS-sympatier og ønske om å drive jihad på sosiale medier, og FBI gjennomførte en undercover-operasjon.
Christopher Lee Cornell, 20, came to the FBI’s attention several months ago for alarming social media posts in which he talked about his support for violent jihad, according to the criminal complaint. He allegedly wrote under the alias Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah.
According to the complaint, Cornell wrote: «I believe that we should just wage jihad under our own orders and plan attacks and everything. I believe we should meet up and make our own group in alliance with the Islamic State here and plan operations ourselves.»
He was plotting, with the undercover FBI operative, to set off pipe bombs in the U.S. Capitol and shoot people as they fled, the complaint said.
Cornell ble arrestert onsdag. Myndighetene understreker at han ikke var noen trussel. Men planene var ikke bare tomt prat. Han kjøpte inn våpen og drev planlegging.
He researched the targeted government buildings and the construction of pipe bombs, saved money for the attack and bought weapons and ammunition, the complaint said. Cornell was arrested Wednesday.