A terror plot by a US army veteran, who converted to Islam and wanted revenge for the New Zealand mosque attacks, has been thwarted, according to federal prosecutors.
Mark Domingo, 26, who served in Afghanistan, allegedly wanted to cause “mass casualties” by planting a bomb at a white supremacist rally that was due to take place this past Sunday in the Los Angeles area.
Domingo was taken into custody last Friday following an online sting operation.
In a statement, US attorney Nick Hanna said: “This investigation successfully disrupted a very real threat posed by a trained combat soldier who repeatedly stated he wanted to cause the maximum number of casualties.”
He was charged with providing and attempting to provide material support to terrorists and was due to appear in court in LA on Monday.
Prosecutors say during online conversations with an undercover FBI source, Domingo expressed support for a violent jihad and was willing to become a martyr.
He allegedly revealed that he planned to detonate an improvised explosive device at a rally in the LA suburb of Long Beach and had asked for help in obtaining a bomb.
He discussed different types of attacks that included targeting Jews, churches and police officers, court papers allege.
Domingo is accused of specifically buying three-inch nails because they would be long enough to penetrate the human body and puncture internal organs.
If convicted of all charges, the 26-year-old suspect could face a maximum sentence of 15 years in federal prison.
The arrest comes two days after one person was shot dead and three others were injured when a gunman opened fire in a synagogue in the San Diego area.
Police arrested suspect 19-year-old John Earnest.
There is no indication the two incidents are connected.
Source: SKY NEWS