FBI: Son of Boston PD capt. had terror plot

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Updated: Monday, July 13 2015, 05:40 PM EDT

(Sinclair Broadcast Group) – Federal authorities arrested an armed felon and ISIL supporter in Massachusetts on Independence Day, thwarting possible terror attacks, according to court documents obtained by WRGB.

Alexander Ciccolo, also known as Abu Ali al Amriki, was convicted of driving under the influence of liquor in February. On July 4, the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested Ciccolo in Adams, Mass., where he was found carrying a duffel bag containing two Glock pistols, a Colt rifle and a SigArms rifle. Court documents contend Ciccolo had ordered the firearms from a source working with the FBI.

Court documents also state that the FBI became aware of Ciccolo’s desire to fight for ISIL overseas in September. An acquaintance of Ciccolo’s reportedly told the FBI he had a long history of mental illness and had in the last 18 months become “obsessed” with Islam.

According to an affidavit of Special Agent Paul Ambrogio, Ciccolo in October posted an image of a dead American on his Facebook page with the caption, “Thank You Islamic State! Now we won’t have to deal with these kafir [non-believers of Islam] back in America.” Ciccolo also reportedly characterized Americans as “disgusting” and compared the United States to Satan.

In June, Ciccolo told a witness cooperating with the FBI he planned to attack two different bars and a police station using pressure cooker bombs or portable microwave bombs, according to court documents that also allege Ciccolo praised recent terror attacks on a Tunisian resort that killed dozens.

According to court documents, Ciccolo also planned to carry out an attack on a university that would feature live student executions broadcast on the internet.

A search of Ciccolo’s Adams, Mass. apartment yielded partially constructed Molotov cocktails, two machetes and a long, curved knife.

Court documents say after his arrest, Ciccolo continued to affirm his support for ISIL and stabbed a nurse, who was giving him a routine screening, in the head with a pen, breaking the pen and bloodying the nurse.

Ciccolo remains in custody pending a hearing.


Read the criminal complaint.

Read the detention memo.

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