21-year-old jihadist Hasher Jallal Taheb of Cumming, Georgia was arrested by the feds for plotting a terrorist attack against the White House with explosives.
The jihadist also eyed the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument.
Taheb reportedly had a hand-drawn diagram of the ground floor of the West Wing of the White House.
BREAKING: Georgia man suspected of plotting attack against White House for TOMORROW arrested by FBI. Man had “hand-drawn diagram of ground floor of the West Wing”
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US Attorney for the northern district of Georgia, BJ Pak, gave a presser on Wednesday.
“His alleged intent was to attack the White House and other targets of opportunity in the Washington, D.C. area,” Mr. Pak said.
Mr. Pak also revealed that Taheb intended to use explosives and an anti-tank rocket to carry out the attacks.
Boston25 reported that Hasher Jallal Taheb was a radicalized Islamist who was speaking to an FBI informant. The undercover FBI sting foiled his plot:
The criminal complaint, which accuses him of plotting to destroy a government building, said a community member contacted law enforcement in March 2018 to say that Taheb had become radicalized.
On Aug. 25, 2018, Taheb allegedly put his vehicle up for sale. An FBI informant reached out to show interest and met with the suspect days later.
Taheb allegedly said he planned to travel to “hijra,” a term said to refer to Islamic State territory and he was selling the car to fund the trip. But he didn’t have a passport.
He allegedly told the informant he wanted to attack the White House and Statue of Liberty in jihadist attacks.
Taheb spoke of traveling to territory controlled by the Islamic State, prosecutors said.
According ABC News, Taheb told the FBI informant that “jihad was the best deed in Islam and the peak of Islam,” adding that “it was not complicated at all to do jihad today,” according to the complaint.
In a meeting with the informant and an undercover FBI agent on Dec. 2, Taheb allegedly stated that “they could do more damage” in the U.S. because abroad they would be “one of many.” He also allegedly said that he wanted to be a “martyr” and cause as much damage as possible, the complaint states.