American man arrested over alleged bomb plot

American man arrested over alleged bomb plot

Authorities in the US state of Georgia have arrested a man they say was planning to attack the White House.

An FBI agent’s affidavit says 21-year-old Hasher Jallal Taheb of Cumming was arrested in a sting on Wednesday after he traded his car for weapons.

He’s charged with attempting to damage or destroy a building owned by the US using fire or an explosive.

US lawyer Byung J. “BJay” Pak says Taheb planned to use an improvised explosive device and anti-tank rocket.

ABC News reports he allegedly showed a hand-drawn diagram to an undercover investigator in December.

It’s also claimed he requested help obtaining weapons and explosives for his plan. CNN reports his plot also involved an anti-tank rocket.

The affidavit says Taheb planned to die in the attack.

It also says local law enforcement contacted the FBI in March after getting a tip from a member of the community.

The tipster said Taheb had become radicalised, changed his name and planned to travel abroad.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether Taheb had an lawyer who could comment.

More to come.

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