By Mike Levine
Published February 17, 2012
The U.S. Capitol is seen on Feb. 15, 2012.
Authorities have arrested a man allegedly on his way to the U.S. Capitol for what he thought would be a suicide attack on one of the nation’s most symbolic landmarks, Fox News has learned exclusively.
The man, in his 30s and of Moroccan descent, was nabbed following a lengthy investigation by the FBI, initiated after he expressed interest in conducting an attack. It’s unclear how the FBI learned of his aspirations.
The man thought undercover FBI agents assisting him in his plot were associates of Al Qaeda.
Shown here is the alley near Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., where a man was arrested on his way, authorities said, to conduct what he thought was a suicide attack on the Capitol.
When he was arrested Friday in Washington, he was carrying with him a vest supposedly packed with explosives, but the material inside was not actually dangerous, Fox News was told.
A short time earlier, he had been praying at a mosque in the Washington area. His destination was Capitol Hill.
The public was never in danger, as he had been under constant surveillance for some time, officials said.
WTD made the following comment below this article and I felt it was worthy of pasting here with the story:
“. . .he had been praying at a mosque in the Washington area”
Pray tell . ..which bastion of Islamic peace would this mosque be?
Dar al-Hijrah in Falls Church VA , you know, dearly departed al-Awlaki’s haunt? . . .or perhaps the nearby Islamic Saudi Academy, from which valedictiorianAhmed Abu Ali, serving a life sentence for conspiring with Al Qaeda to assassinate President Bush, the same institution whose director suppressed report of sexual abuse of a five-year-old child?