Federal law enforcement officials announced on Wednesday that they had foiled a terror plot aimed at the White House and other government buildings in Washington, D.C. as well as the Statue of Liberty.
U.S. Attorney Byung Pak said that they had arrested Hasher Jallel Taheb, 21 who lives in Cumming, Georgia after a year long investigation.
Taheb was charged with intent to destroy by fire or explosives a building owned by the U.S.
Law enforcement had received a tip that he had been radicalized and planned to travel abroad to the Islamic State area.
Agents connected with him when he put his car up for sale to raise money for the trip abroad.
From Daily Wire:
ABC News reported that (the alleged terrorist) allegedly showed an undercover operative in December “a hand-drawn diagram of the White House and asked for help with obtaining weapons and explosives for the attack.”
The FBI arrested (the alleged terrorist) shortly after he traded his car for weapons and explosives that the FBI gave him.
WXIA-TV reported: (the alleged terrorist) has been charged with violating Title 18USC 844(f)(1), an ‘attempt to damage by means of an explosive any building owned, possessed, or leased by the United States or any department or agency thereof, or any institution or organization receiving federal financial assistance.'”
Pak said Taheb’s plot included using IEDs and an anti-tank rocket to carry out the attacks.
Taheb allegedly told the FBI informant he wanted to attack the White House and Statue of Liberty in jihadist attacks. The plot on the White House was reportedly for Jan. 17.
Authorities said all threats have been neutralized and the suspect was believed to have been acting alone.