US man allegedly planned to drive van into crowd

10 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

WASHINGTON: An American man allegedly inspired by the Islamic State group stole a cargo van with plans to crash it into a crowd at a casino complex, US Justice officials said Monday, reports AFP.

Police arrested computer engineer Rondell Henry, 28, on March 28 at the National Harbor complex south of Washington for stealing a U-Haul van.

But in subsequent interviews, court documents suggest, he revealed plans “to conduct a vehicular attack similar to the 2016 truck attack in Nice, France, for which ISIS claimed responsibility,” the Justice Department alleged.

According to a court affidavit, he told investigators he wanted to create “panic and chaos,” the “same as what happened in France.”