FBI arrests suspect of preparing attack on the White House

The White House would be one of the targets of the individual detained by the FBI

The White House would be one of the targets of the individual detained by the FBI

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US federal authorities have arrested a man in Georgia accused of preparing attacks on several locations in Washington, DC, including the White House, according to ABC News.

Hasher Jallal Taheb was being investigated by the FBI as part of a secret operation after local authorities expressed concern over the radicalization of the man in March of 2018, according to a criminal complaint filed in the federal court of the Northern District of Georgia in Atlanta, on this Wednesday (16th).

A member of the community told the local police that Taheb "radicalized himself, changed his name and made plans to travel abroad," ABC News reported, quoting the complaint.

Always referring to the complaint, the site reports several meetings between Taheb and a federal undercover agent reporting his plans to be a martyr and to cause the greatest possible harm to the United States. The White House and the Statue of Liberty would be among its targets.

According to the same document, quoted by ABC News, Taheb would have shown the agent a drawing of the West Wing of the White House and requested his help to get weapons and explosives for an attack.

Taheb allegedly told the agent that "jihad was the best action of Islam and the peack of Islam", adding that "it would not be complicated to make the jihad today", according to the complaint.

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