Casablanca - A Moroccan suspected of planning a terrorist attack was arrested by the FBI on Monday in Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States.
Casablanca – A Moroccan suspected of planning a terrorist attack was arrested by the FBI on Monday in Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States.
El Mehdi Semlali Fahti, a Moroccan residing in the U.S., was recently arrested for allegedly plotting a terrorist attack against a school and a Connecticut federal building, according to Russia Today and Connecticut Post.
The 27-year-old Moroccan was allegedly plotting a terrorist attack deploying a radio-controlled, drone-like toy that he intended to use as a flying bomb, according to the same sources.
The FBI, however, could not specify which of the buildings Fahti was targeting, the school or the federal building.
FBI agents allegedly found wires and tools in a High Ridge Drive apartment Fahti shared with someone he had met when he was jailed in Virginia, according to the Connecticut Post.
Yet, it was not determined whether explosives were found in Fahti’s apartment, according to the same source.
Fahti allegedly told an undercover agent in five recorded conversations that he had been plotting the said terrorist attack for months, and that he had already made a chemical bomb when he was a high school student in Morocco, according to the same source.
The recordings allegedly claim that Fathi could acquire everything his plan necessitated at “Southern California on the border.”
Fathi was allegedly planning to get the money he needed for his terrorist plan from “secret accounts,” consisting of money-laundered cash and drug dealing profits, the FBI was quoted by the Connecticut Post as saying.
Fathi is also accused of falsifying declarations to a federal Immigration judge, which allowed him to stay in the U.S. for seven years after his student visa had expired, according to the same source.
While facing deportation to Morocco, Fathi applied for asylum, claiming before the Immigration Court that he had been the victim of arrests, imprisonment and beatings by Moroccan police, according to the same source.
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