Published: Thu, January 17, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Man arrested for allegedly planning to attack White House, other federal buildings

Man arrested for allegedly planning to attack White House, other federal buildings

Officials said, 21-year-old Hasher Jallal Taheb of Cumming, Georgia, allegedly had intentions of attacking federal buildings in Washington, D.C. including the White House.

CNN tried to reach an attorney who represented Taheb in court but was unsuccessful.

On Dec. 7, Taheb allegedly showed the undercover agent a hand-drawn diagram of the White House's West Wing and asked for help in finding weapons and explosives, and said "the group would fight to the end and make it a big bang", according to the document.

At some point, Taheb allegedly told the agent he was selling the auto to fund a "hijra" - or trip to ISIS territory - and that he was interested in attacking the White House and other monuments.

Investigators believe Taheb was working on his own, Chris Hacker of the FBI's Atlanta field office said Wednesday.

Just last week, Taheb met with the Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and asked him to fill two backpacks with explosives.

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An undercover agent had arranged to meet Taheb after getting a tip from a community member who believed Taheb had been radicalized by ISIS in March 2018.

He also purportedly told the informant that he wanted to be a "martyr" and do as much damage as possible.

One of the agents also saw a hand-drawn diagram of the ground floor of the West Wing of the White House in a December 7 operation.

Taheb told the undercover agent they needed a "base" where they could regroup and where he could record a video to motivate people: "He stated he would be the narrator, clips of oppressed Muslims would be shown, and American and Israeli flags would be burned in the background".

The attack was supposed to come Thursday and, the complaint states, Mr. Taheb was arrested immediately after picking up the planned weapons - "three semi-automatic assault rifles, three explosive devices with remote initiation and one AT-4", an anti-tank rocket launcher. Taheb allegedly told the undercover agent that the explosives would be inside the backpacks and would be detonated with cell phones.

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