US man charged in Pentagon, Capitol explosive plot

By REUTERS
September 29, 2011 02:57

 
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BOSTON - US authorities on Wednesday arrested and charged a Massachusetts man with plotting to damage or destroy the Pentagon and US Capitol by using remote-controlled aircraft filled with plastic explosives.

Rezwan Ferdaus, 26, a US citizen, was also charged with attempting to provide support and resources to al Qaida in order to carry out attacks on US soldiers overseas, the US attorney's office in Boston said. He was arrested after an undercover operation.

"The conduct alleged today shows that Mr. Ferdaus had long planned to commit violent acts against our country," US Attorney Carmen Ortiz said in a statement.

The statement said the public was never in danger from the explosive devices, which were controlled by undercover FBI employees.

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