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Man found "making final preparations" for suicide attack on military base

He was arrested and has been charged.

File: Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division train in a mock Iraqi village at Fort Riley
File: Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division train in a mock Iraqi village at Fort Riley
Image: AP/Press Association Images

THE US JUSTICE Department has arrested an Islamic State sympathiser who was plotting to carry out a suicide bomb attack on a US military base in Kansas.

John T Booker Jr, 20, is charged with “attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction… attempting to damage property by means of an explosive and one count of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant,” the Justice Department said.

Booker was arrested earlier today near the Kansas city of Manhattan “as he made his final preparations for his planned assault” on nearby Fort Riley, the US Attorney for Kansas, Barry Grissom, told reporters in Kansas City.

“Unbeknownst to him, the materials that were used to make up this bomb were inert,” said Grissom, who added that Booker would appear tomorrow in US Federal Court.

It is alleged that he planned to pull the trigger of the explosives himself so that he would die in the explosion.
It is alleged that he told another individual that detonating a suicide bomb was his number one aspiration.

Booker, from the Kansas city of Topeka, was questioned by FBI agents a year ago over his “jihad sympathies,” according to a report in the Topeka Capital-Journal newspaper at the time.

- © AFP, 2012

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