This broke in the last hour so. It is being reported the FBI has stopped a potential Islamist mass casualty event in Pennsylvania.
The suspect is a Syrian refugee who was seeking to execute an ISIS inspired terrorist attack on a Pittsburgh church.
JUST IN: Feds arrest Syrian refugee accused of plotting ISIS-inspired terrorist attack on Pittsburgh church. https://t.co/XazQVEdgrw
— ABC News (@ABC) June 19, 2019
Here’s the write up by WJTV, a local station in Pittsburgh.
Mustafa Mousab Alowemer, 21, was arrested and charged with one count of attempting to provide material support and resources for ISIS and two counts of distributing information relating to an explosive, destructive device, or weapon of mass destruction.
“The defendant is alleged to have plotted just such an attack of a church in Pittsburgh in the name of ISIS,” Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers said in a release.
According to the FBI’s counterterrorism department, Alowemer planned to bomb a church at 2131 Wilson Avenue in Pittsburgh’s Perry South neighborhood. He identified the church as Christian and Nigerian, and said he targeted it to “take revenge for our [ISIS] brothers in Nigeria.”
He allegedly distributed plans for how to make improvised explosive devices to a person he believed to be a fellow ISIS supporter but was actually an FBI employee.
Contrary to rhetoric from some politicians, Islamic terrorism is still a primary threat in the United States. The success we’ve had in stopping attacks due to our allotment of resources does not negate that these terrorist actions are still being planned and would otherwise be carried out successfully. Just a few months ago, a Muslim extremist was arrested prior to carrying out mass murder with a box truck outside of Washington D.C.
For the record, CNN has yet to report on this development as of me publishing this. You can draw your own conclusions.
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