Washington (CNN) -- U.S. Capitol Police and the FBI on Friday arrested a Moroccan man who was planning a suicide attack on the Capitol, police and a federal law enforcement official said.
Authorities identified the man as Amine Khalifi.
He received what he thought was a vest with explosives, but the materials in the vest had been rendered inoperable by law enforcement, Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd said.
The man was arrested as soon as he accepted the vest from undercover officers, according to the federal law enforcement source.
Khalifi was also given a gun, which was similarly rendered inoperable, the official said.
The 29-year-old suspect was living in Alexandria, Virginia, and was in the United States illegally, the source said.
The man had been closely monitored as part of a lengthy and extensive undercover operation, police said, adding that U.S. Capitol Police had been "intimately" involved in the investigation.
The public was never in danger, police said.
The official said the person is not connected to a terrorist organization and was acting alone. He came to the attention of law enforcement because of his extremist views, the source said. (Source)
Friday, February 17, 2012
Moroccan Muslim Amine Khalifi Arrested During Attempt to Blow up U.S. Capitol
Like dozens of other terrorist attempts that have been thwarted over the past few years, the terrorist in this case turned out to be a follower of the Religion of Peace. But it could just as easily have been a Quaker or a Methodist attempting to blow up the Capitol, since all religions teach the same thing and are equally dangerous.