Boston terror suspect planned massive attack on US Mall
Detailing the charge against Mr Mehanna, US prosecutors accused him and his alleged co-conspirators of discussing how to obtain automatic weapons before "randomly shooting people in a shopping mall".
They allegedly discussed "the logistics of a mall attack, including co-ordination, weapons needed and the possibility of attacking emergency responders," acting US Attorney Michael Loucks said. BBC News
Boston, MA: Federal agents have charged a 27 year old Sudbury resident with conspiring with terrorists. New charges against the man include having planned a massive attack on a US shopping mall. He was arrested at Logan airport last year :
Tarek Mehanna, 27, of Sudbury, Massachusetts, traveled overseas, sought training from the Taliban, wanted to kill U.S. soldiers in Iraq and hoped to kill one or two members of the executive branch of the U.S. government, said Michael K. Loucks, the acting U.S. attorney for Massachusetts.
He declined to name the executive branch officials and said they were never in danger.
Mehanna was arrested a year ago after being accused of lying to FBI agents in a terrorisminvestigation, but the latest charges are more serious, Loucks said.
Mehanna and co-conspirators planned trips overseas to try to join training camps and kill American soldiers, Loucks said. Mehanna and others traveled to Pakistan, Iraq, Syria and Yemen and sought training from groups including the Taliban, he said.
They also planned to attack at least one U.S. shopping mall, Loucks said, but that did not happen because they couldn't obtain the assault weapons they wanted, he said. He didn't name the mall.
Mehanna also is charged with using material support and resources in a conspiracy to kill, kidnap, maim or injure people or to damage property in a foreign country, Loucks said.Loucks said the men had planned to assault multiple entrances of the mall, and had determined the steps they would take when first responders arrived.
"I think we're satisfied that we know every member of this group," the attorney said. "We do not believe that there are any terrorist cells in this area."