A U.S. Army veteran was arrested Friday night for a terror attack plot involving an IED.
Mark Stevens Domingo, 26, wanted revenge for the New Zealand mosque attack and sought a bomb he could detonate at a rally in Long Beach over the weekend, the Los Angeles Times reported.
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“After considering various attacks – including targeting Jews, churches, and police officers – Domingo decided to detonate an IED at a rally scheduled to take place in Long Beach this past weekend. As part of the plot, Domingo asked his confederate – who actually was cooperating with the FBI as part of the investigation – to find a bomb-maker, and Domingo last week purchased several hundred nails to be used as shrapnel inside the IED,” a federal affidavit explained.
He admitted to choosing 3-inch nails that would be long enough to pass through the skin of his victims and puncture their organs.
The FBI made the arrest after Domingo took possession of a live bomb from an undercover agent pretending to be a bomb maker.
Domingo was charged with providing material support to terrorists after he was found planning to “manufacture and use a weapon of mass destruction in order to commit mass murder” since March, the Associated Press reported.
Army veteran in Reseda who allegedly planned to plant bomb at Nazi rally in Long Beach wanted retribution for New Zealand mosque attacks, DOJ says https://t.co/xS4B9BOMk6
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The FBI was tipped off to Domingo’s actions when they discovered his online postings where he shared his loyalty to ISIS, his willingness to commit jihad, and called for revenge for the mosque attacks.
“America needs another vegas event …[to] give them a taste of the terror they gladly spread all over the world,” Domingo wrote of the Oct. 2017 mass shooting at the Route 91 concert in Las Vegas.
He also discussed an attack involving a modified AK-47 rifle used in a drive-by method.