Cincinnati man and ISIS supporter planned terrorist attack on US CapitolPosted by J Craig on January 14, 2015
CINCINNATI, Ohio — A 20-year-old man from Green Township was arrested Wednesday after authorities said he planned to bomb the U.S. Capitol in a terrorist attack.
Christopher Cornell had purchased two semi-automatic rifles and about 600 rounds of ammunition and was arrested Wednesday morning at the Point Blank Range & Gunshop in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The FBI’s Cincinnati-Dayton Joint Terrorism Task Force said he planned to travel to Washington, D.C. and kill employees and officers working in and around the Capitol building.
Cornell aka Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah on Twitter claimed to to be an active member of ISIS, FBI said.
The FBI had been in contact with Cornell using a secret informant on Twitter messaging back and forth with the ISIS member.
Cornell sent this message to the government source:
“I believe that we should just wage jihad under our own orders and plan attacks and everything.”
“We already got a thumbs up from the Brothers over there and Anwar al Awlaki before his martyrdom and many others.”
“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 FBI said.
In addition to bombing the building, Cornell allegedly wanted to shoot congressman and government employees.
An FBI statement about the apprehension read:
The alleged activities of Cornell highlight the continued interest of US-based violent extremists to support designated foreign terrorist organizations overseas, such as ISIL, by committing terrorist acts in the United States. Terrorist group members and supporters will almost certainly continue to use social media platforms to disseminate English language violent extremist messages.
Acting FBI Special Agent in Charge John A. Barrios said the public was not in danger during the investigation into Cornell’s plans.
The attack was planned for December 2015.
Cornell is being charged with attempting to kill officers and employees of the United States and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
This is the second terror-style plot to come out of Ohio in 24 hours after the arrest of Michael Hoyt. Hoyt, a former bartender, allegedly threatened to kill John Boehner in his Ohio country club.
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