BREAKING NEWS: FBI arrest ‘radicalized’ 21-year-old over ‘planned suicide attack on Trump’s White House using IED and anti-TANK rocket’
- Hasher Jallal Taheb, 21, of Cumming, Georgia, was arrested Wednesday by FBI agents in a sting, U.S. Attorney in Atlanta says
- He allegedly planned to use an improvised explosive device and anti-tank rocket in a suicide attack on the White House
- Also wanted to attack Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and an unnamed synagogue in the city
- Had previously wanted to travel to the Middle East to join ISIS but had no passport
- Local law enforcement contacted the FBI in March tipster said Taheb had become radicalized, changed his name and planned to travel abroad
Authorities in Georgia arrested a man Wednesday 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 Wednesday after he traded his car for weapons.
He’s charged with attempting to damage or destroy a building owned by the U.S. using fire or an explosive.
U.S. Attorney Byung J. ‘BJay’ Pak says Taheb planned to use an improvised explosive device and anti-tank rocket. The affidavit says Taheb planned to die in the attack.
The affidavit 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 radicalized, changed his name and planned to travel abroad.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether Taheb had an attorney who could comment.
Target: Donald Trump, seen at the White House Monday, was not named in the FBI documents, but his official residence was
The FBI special agent in charge of the Atlanta Field Office, Chris Hacker, said the investigation had taken a year.
‘The investigation is continuing, but at this stage it is believed Taheb was acting on his own,’ he said.
His other targets ‘of opportunity’ were the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and an unnnamed but specific synagogue in Washington D.C., WSBTV reported.
The Atlanta Constitution-Journal reported that Taheb had put his car up for sale in August intending to travel for ‘hijra’, an Islamic term for emigration used by ISIS to encourage its followers to move to its former territory in Iraq and Syria.
Hasher was unable to travel because he did not have a passport.
An FBI agent answered the ad and started the sting which ended in his arrest.