Man Called ISIS Devotee, Son of Boston Police Officer, Is Arrested

14 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Allahu Akbar!!! I got the pressure cooker': Son of Boston police captain charged in marathon-inspired ISIS terror plot bragged to undercover FBI agent about his plan to bomb a university.

Federal officials revealed Monday they have arrested a heavily armed Massachusetts man who was building bombs in his apartment and planned to attack a crowded university campus cafeteria on behalf of the Islamic State militant group.An FBI affidavit reportedly said Ciccolo had planned to use a pressure cooker bomb “to conduct terrorist attacks on civilians, members of the U.S. military and law enforcement personnel.” The FBI, claims Alexander Ciccolo said he was “inspired” by the bombing and that he told an undercover FBI operative, “Allahu Akbar!!!

The FBI has made an arrest in connection with an alleged domestic terrorist plot – and the accused is the son of a well-respected Boston Police captain.Alexander Ciccolo came up this summer with a detailed plan for an Islamic State-inspired attack on a university that he would broadcast live on the Internet, prosecutors said. I got the pressure cooker today.” It said: “While we were saddened and disappointed to learn of our son’s intentions, we are grateful that authorities were able to prevent any loss of life or harm to others. Jun Yasuda, a Buddhist monk, told ABC News that Ciccolo seemed at the time to be “concerned about peace… and understood about non-violent protest.”

Ciccolo, 23, of Adams, was accused in a criminal complaint unsealed Monday with illegal possession of a firearm for receiving four guns July 4 from a person cooperating with the Western Massachusetts Joint Terrorism Task Force. Robert Ciccolo, who was one of the policemen to respond to the Boston Marathon bombing, warned authorities about a year ago, saying his estranged son “was going off the deep end” and “spouting extremist jihadist sympathies,” ABC News reports. A law enforcement official briefed on the case said his father, a Boston police captain, is the acquaintance who notified authorities. • Oct. 17, 2014: The FBI discovered a Facebook profile for Ali Al Amriki, which allegedly indicated interest in martyrdom for the sake of Islam and showed that the user was living in the United States. • Oct. 27, 2014: The Ali Al Amriki Facebook page showed an apparent image of a dead soldier, along with the statement, “Thank you Islamic State! During a search of his apartment after his arrest, agents found partially made Molotov cocktails, which contained what appeared to be shredded Styrofoam soaking in motor oil. “Ciccolo had previously stated that this mixture would cause the fire from the exploded devices to stick to people’s skin and make it harder to put the fire out,” according to a statement by the Department of Justice. The feds watched Ciccolo buy at least one pressure cooker at a Walmart store in North Adams, Massachusetts, according to an affidavit by FBI Special Agent Paul Ambrogio.

The two allegedly discussed recent events in Tunisia, France, and Kuwait — conversations the government believes had to do with recent terror attacks in those places. He said he wanted to carry out the attack before the end of holy month of Ramadan in mid-July — and by July 31 at the latest. • July 2, 2015: The cooperating witness had an online conversation with Ciccolo, prosecutors said, and Ciccolo asked whether the witness had any explosives.

The acquaintance told the FBI that Ciccolo had a long history of mental illness and in the last 18 months “had become obsessed with Islam.” The person also told the FBI he had received texts from Ciccolo in which he said America was “Satan” and Americans were disgusting.

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