On July 4th, as part of a string of arrests in connection to terrorism plots, Alexander Ciccolo of Adams, MA was detained in connection with a plot to blow up a pressure cooker bomb and stage executions at a local university.
The 23 year old is the estranged son of a respected Boston police Captain names Robert Ciccolo. Cpt. Ciccolo has has limited contact with his son, who no goes by the name Abu Ali al-Amriki, the past several years but alerted the FBI about his son just over a year ago. Officials says Cpt. Ciccolo warned his son “was going off the deep end” and “spouting extremist jihadist sympathies.”
Alexander’s original plot was to detonate a pressure cooker bomb in “another state,” much like the ones used during the Boston Marathon bombings. Later the plot changed to a town with a public university where the attacks would focus on ‘college dorms and cafeteria, to include executions of students, which would be broadcast live via the internet.”
All of this was recorded and reported to police by an informant working with the police. According to reports, upon his arrest, Alexander’s house was found to be loaded with possible bomb-making equipment, chemicals, an alarm clock, “attack planning papers” and “jihad” paperwork.
His family released the following statement:
“While we were saddened and disappointed to learn of our son’s intentions, we are grateful that authorities were able to prevent any loss of life or harm to others,” the statement reads. “At this time, we would ask that the public and the media recognize our grief and respect our desire for privacy.”
From ABC News:
The estranged son of a respected Boston police captain was arrested July 4 by FBI agents as part of a counter-terrorism operation against alleged ISIS-inspired domestic terrorists, federal officials told ABC News today.
Alexander Ciccolo, 23, of Adams, Mass., was taken into custody on gun charges after buying two pistols and two rifles from an undercover FBI confidential informant, federal officials said. In a search of his apartment, officials reported they found it loaded with possible bomb-making equipment including a pressure cooker, a variety of chemicals, an alarm clock, along with “attack planning papers” and “jihad” paperwork. FBI agents said he used the name Abu Ali al-Amriki and neighbors said he was a recent convert to Islam.
“This is a very bad person arrested before he could do very bad things,” one senior federal official briefed on the arrest told ABC News.
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