Massachusetts man accused of plot to bomb crowded places on behalf of ISIS

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‘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.

The family of an Adams man accused today of plotting to bomb a university on behalf of ISIS to kill “sinful” college kids said they are “grateful” nobody was hurt, but that has not lessened their grief. “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. 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!!!

Alexander Ciccolo’s own father alerted authorities last fall that the younger man had a long history of mental illness and was talking about joining the Islamic State, according to two law enforcement officials who spoke on condition of anonymity. Alexander Ciccolo, 23, of Adams, Massachusetts is accused in a criminal complaint unsealed Monday of receiving four guns July 4 from a person cooperating with the Western Massachusetts Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Ciccolo was described as a recent convert to Islam (he used the name Abu Ali al-Amriki) who was inspired by ISIS as well as the Boston Marathon bombing. 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.” Non-violent past: Alexander Ciccolo on a peace walk through Brighton, Massachusetts to spread awareness about the dangers of nuclear energy and weapons in July, 2012 Ciccolo posted online a photo of a dead American soldier and wrote; ‘Thank you Islamic State. At this time, we would ask that the public and the media recognize our grief and respect our desire for privacy.” Ciccolo was one of more than 10 suspects arrested on July 4 in connection with a possible terrorist attack, officials said, but the news was kept quiet until Monday.

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. They said Ciccolo would target public places such as college cafeterias, and use explosive devices such as pressure cookers filled with black powder, nails and glass. He has been detained in a Rhode Island prison since his arrest and is scheduled to appear in court for a detention hearing in Springfield, Mass., on Tuesday. The FBI said Ciccolo told the co-operating witness he planned to attack the university with assault rifles and explosives, focusing on dorms and the cafeteria during lunch because it would be packed with people.

Agents said they also found partially constructed Molotov cocktails — made of Styrofoam and motor oil — that would stick to the skin and create a fire that would be hard to extinguish. I got the pressure cooker today.’ Talking to an FBI informant, Ciccolo also allegedly praised the June terror attack on a beach resort in Tunisia that killed 39 people stating, according to the FBI affidavit: ‘Awesome. Just a very impressive guy,” said former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, “and to have this in own family is terrible.” Ciccolo’s arrest comes after several people in the Tri-State area were accused of attempting to join ISIS or, failing that, plotting to commit terrorist attacks here at home. (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries.

Last month, Boston police and the FBI shot and killed 26-year-old Usaamah Rahim of Roslindale, who was accused of plotting with two other men to behead anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller before turning his sights on police. Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was also just sentenced to death for killing four and injuring 260, 17 of them who lost limbs, in the April 15, 2013, race. Then of course, you started hearing people yelling on the radio, and you think ‘okay, that was a bomb,'” he says on a Curry College magazine web page.

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