CINCINNATI – A Green Township, Ohio man was arrested Wednesday after federal authorities said he planned to bomb the U.S. Capitol in a terrorist attack.
Agents from the FBI’s Cincinnati-Dayton Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested Christopher Cornell Wednesday morning at the Point Blank Range & Gunshop in the 7200 block of Colerain Township.
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They said the 20-year-old purchased two semi-automatic rifles and about 600 rounds of ammunition at the shop before officers arrested him.
The FBI said Cornell intended to build, plant and detonate pipe bombs at and near the US Capitol building in to Washington, D.C. Agents said he also planned to use firearms to kill employees and officials trying to escape.
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Cornell used the alias Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah on Twitter between beginning last summer and claimed to be an active member of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), federal agents said.
Documents state he often tweeted statements, videos and other content indicating his support for ISIS, violent jihad and violent attacks committed by others in North America and elsewhere.
A confidential government source made contact with Cornell on Twitter in August and began communicating through an instant messaging program separate from Twitter, FBI Special Agent T.A. Staderman said.
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