Georgia Man Arrested in Plot to Attack White House With Explosives, Firearms

April FrancisJan 18, 2019

A 21-year-old man from Georgia has been arrested and charged over allegations he plotted to attack the White House by blowing a hole in it with an anti-tank rocket then storming the building with guns and grenades, USA prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Hasher Jallal Taheb was arrested after trading his auto for semi-automatic rifles, anti-tank and explosive devices, say court documents.

The suspect, Hasher Jallal Taheb, was charged with intent to destroy by fire or explosives a building owned by the US, according to CBS 46.

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Taheb agreed to meet up with the agent - in hopes of obtaining an improvised explosive device and anti-tank rocket - and was arrested in Gwinnett County, the affidavit says.

According to an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent's affidavit, Mr Taheb told a confidential Federal Bureau of Investigation source in October that he planned to travel overseas to territory controlled by the Islamic State group.

The document said a community member contacted law enforcement in March 2018 about him.

When Taheb and the informant met in October, Taheb allegedly said he planned to travel to the Middle East, and was trying to sell the vehicle to pay for his trip, despite not having a passport.

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Citing an affidavit, Taheb allegedly intended "to attack the White House, and other targets of opportunity in the Washington, D.C., area, by using explosive devices".

Taheb told the Federal Bureau of Investigation source that "jihad was the best deed in Islam and the peak of Islam".

It wasn't immediately clear whether Taheb had an attorney who could comment. At a press conference on Wednesday, FBI special agent Chris Hacker said he believed Taheb was acting alone.

He added that he wanted "to do as much damage as possible" and expected to be a "martyr".

The FBI began monitoring Mr Taheb through an undercover agent last August, when they learned he had put his vehicle up for sale, allegedly to fund a trip to the Islamic State.

He had "hand-drawn diagram of ground floor of the West Wing", court documents show.

Taheb met the Federal Bureau of Investigation confidential source and later an undercover agent when the suspect was trying to sell his vehicle. The agent had agreed to exchange weapons and explosives for Taheb's truck after discovering that he was selling it, authorities allege.

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