The 23-year-old son of an eminent Boston police captain has been arrested during a counter-terrorism operation targeting alleged IS-inspired terrorists in the US.
ABC News reported that the police captain’s estranged son, Alexander Ciccolo, was arrested by FBI agents and taken into custody on gun charges, after buying guns from an undercover FBI informant, federal officers said.
Officials reportedly found his apartment heavily stocked with potential bomb-making materials, including a pressure cooker, various chemicals, an alarm clock, “attack planning papers” and ‘jihad’ paperwork.
A number of partially constructed ‘Molotov Cocktails’ were also allegedly found at his apartment, which contained what appeared to be shredded Styrofoam in motor oil.
According to the Boston Herald, Ciccolo had previously stated that this mixture in the home-made explosives, would cause the fire to stick to people’s skin and make it harder to put the fire out, once the devices had exploded.
The FBI said that the attack was planned for a college town, which aimed to target “college dorms and cafeteria, to include executions of students, which would be broadcast live via the internet.”
The FBI also report that Cicollo previously attempted to stab a nurse in the head with a pen during a routine screening, “leaving a hole in the nurse’s skin.”
Alexander Ciccolo, 23 also known as Ali Al Amriki, faces charges “in connection with a plot to engage in terrorism” inspired by Islamic extremism, US prosecutors said.
A law enforcement official allegedly told the Boston Herald, that Ciccolo’s father turned him in to the authorities.
According to the complaint affidavit, Ciccolo had spoken with an undercover witness in recorded conversations about his plans to commit acts of terrorism inspired by so-called ISIS, targeting places where large numbers of people congregate, like college cafeterias, with improvised explosive devices, such as pressure cookers filled with black powder, nails, ball bearings and glass. Prior to his arrest, agents had observed Ciccolo purchase a pressure cooker similar to that used in the Boston Marathon bombings.
A detention hearing has been scheduled for July 14 in the U.S. District Court in Springfield.