In a FBI counter terrorism sting operation on Friday, agents arrested a man for the intent to detonate a bomb and kill citizens at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.
Amine El Khalifi intended to self detonate a bomb and use a fully automatic Mac-10 machine gun. FBI agents had infiltrated his operation. Undercover FBI Agents had worked with El Khalifi to expose his plan. Agents were able to provide him a bomb like device without explosives. Agents also disarmed the Mac-10 machine gun so it would not fire. Undercover agents were with El Khalifi as he parked in a parking garage near the Capitol. A team of FBI counter terrorism agents arrested El Khalifi before he exited the garage towards the Capitol. The agents had been observing and working with him for a considerable amount of time to thwart his plans and to uncover other terrorist networks.
Amine El Khalifi is a 29 year old Moroccan. The Moroccan was an illegal immigrant who resided in Virginia.
El Khalifi divulged he was connected to Al-Qaeda's terrorist operations. He had stated to undercover agents that he had selected the target and the plan was his own.
FBI agents revealed that this was a deviation from other tactics for Al-Qaeda. Using a lone wolf to target a high profile target like the Capitol.