A Muslim man from Georgia has been arrested for allegedly plotting to blow up the White House and other buildings with anti-tank weapons and explosives, the FBI announced.
Hasher Jallal Taheb, 21, of Cumming, was arrested Wednesday following a yearlong investigation by multiple law enforcement agencies. Investigators said he ultimately revealed his plans to an undercover FBI agent and said he had a sketch of the West Wing floor plan, among other items, Fox News reports.
Citing an affidavit, Taheb allegedly intended “to attack the White House, and other targets of opportunity in the Washington, D.C., area, by using explosive devices,” Fox reports.
The investigation began following a community tip. A criminal complaint, obtained by Fox News, said that a neighbor reported the 21-year-old in March 2018, alleging he’d become radicalized.
In August, an FBI informant reached out to Taheb after he put a vehicle up for sale. Days later, Taheb met with an undercover FBI agent to discuss the car.
He discussed with the undercover agent exchanging their cars for weapons and explosives, officials said. Taheb said he wanted to use “semi-automatic weapons, improvised explosive devices, an [shoulder-fired anti-armor weapon] and hand grenades” in his attack, according to the FBI.
Taheb allegedly told the informant during that since he couldn’t travel abroad, he wanted to hit local targets, like the White House and the Statue of Liberty, and intended to be a “martyr.” He allegedly told the informant that “jihad” was the best part of Islam, and explained that achieving it wasn’t difficult.
Authorities said all threats have been neutralized and the suspect was believed to have been acting alone.
Taheb revealed at some point during the investigation that he had a “hand-drawn diagram of the ground floor of the West Wing of the White House,” and specified areas where the Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security were located, officials alleged.
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