US Army veteran 'planned to bomb Nazi rally'


30th April, 2019 11:53:41 printer

US Army veteran 'planned to bomb Nazi rally'


A US Army veteran has been arrested as he was in the final stages of a plan to bomb a white supremacist rally in California, say authorities.

Muslim convert Mark Domingo, 26, also allegedly plotted terror attacks on Jews, churches and police in revenge for the New Zealand mosque shootings.

He was held on Friday after accepting what he believed to be a live bomb, delivered by undercover officers.

Mr Domingo had expressed support for violent jihad, say prosecutors.

According to court documents, the former infantryman with combat experience in Afghanistan took steps to build and detonate a weapon of mass destruction.

He allegedly expressed a willingness to become a "martyr" in an attack.

The idea to target the Long Beach event was allegedly discussed during a meeting on 19 April between Mr Domingo and the FBI agent.

Mr Domingo arrived at the meeting with an AK-47-style rifle to show he was "serious" about his plans, said prosecutors.

He also allegedly mentioned the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and said he wanted a device that could cause 50 casualties.

Mr Domingo also allegedly contemplated bombing the Santa Monica Pier, where he said a summer attack on the crowded tourist spot would cause maximum casualties.

According to court documents, once Mr Domingo determined the location of his attack, he worked with the FBI source to find a bomb-maker.

The suspect planned to plant home-made explosive devices made with nail-filled pressure cookers that would be remotely triggered or detonated by a timer.

He allegedly purchased "several hundred nails" meant to be used as shrapnel inside the improvised explosive device.

If convicted, Mr Domingo could face a maximum sentence of 15 years in federal prison.