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FBI 'anti-terror' arrest near US Capitol

A man has been arrested near the US Capitol building as part of an anti-terror investigation, US officials say.

Amine El Khalifi, 29, of Alexandria, Virginia was taken into custody by the FBI.

Officials told US media the man thought he was heading to carry out a suicide attack on the Washington DC building, home to the US Congress.

He was "closely and carefully monitored" for weeks, according to the FBI and US Capitol police.

Authorities say the public was never in any danger.

Mr Khalifi allegedly thought undercover FBI agents he was working with were members of the al-Qaeda network.

However, he was not believed to have any known existing connections to al-Qaeda, officials said.

Mr Khalifi was said to have overstayed a visitor visa for years, and was under investigation for more than a year, according to the Associated Press news agency.

He carried a vest he thought was packed with explosives, reports said, but had in fact been supplied and made harmless by undercover agents.

"Explosives the suspect allegedly sought to use in connection with the plot had been rendered inoperable by law enforcement and posed no threat to the public," a spokesman for the US Justice Department said.

Mr Khalifi was not arrested on the Capitol grounds and had been under surveillance for several weeks, AP reported.

US law enforcement officials routinely carry out "sting" operations in an effort to stop potential terror suspects.

In one of the most recent incidents, in September 2011, 26-year-old US citizen Rezwan Ferdaus was arrested for allegedly plotting to fly explosive-packed, remote controlled planes into the Pentagon and the Capitol building.

There have been number of convictions based on stings in recent years, the BBC's Adam Brookes reports from Washington.

However, Muslim groups and civil rights groups have expressed concern at the way the FBI uses stings in counter-terrorism cases.----


Added: Feb-17-2012 Occurred On: Feb-18-2012
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  • SURPRISE! A illegal raghead. Now theres a shocker coming from the religion of peace.

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  • Yawn....TERROR!!!

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  • Does this mean the GOP will admit that Obama kept the public safe from terrorism or will they ignore it or say someone else stopped it? Cause we know the outrage meter on Obama would be dialed up to 15 if this guy pulled it off.

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  • Glad to see the FBI got that terrorist scum...

    Well done guys...

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  • im not surprised, the fbi, is known to catch so called terrorist, than the media reports it, 5 months later, all charges dropped, sorry of the inconvenience. Im dead serous go look at how many people get charged for terrorism and see how many are actually convicted. Only real and not so news, is another person, has tried to sneak in to america.

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  • a classic FBI scenario, where they actually create a terrorist themselves, then say they prevented an attack lol, this is madness! this shit must end

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