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Thu June 23, 2011
Two arrested in Seattle terror plot
The Justice Department says two men have been arrested in a plot to attack a military recruiting station in Seattle with machine guns and grenades.
Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, also known as Joseph Anthony Davis, of Seattle, and Walli Mujahidh, also known as Frederick Domingue Jr., of Los Angeles, were arrested Wednesday night.
They were scheduled to make initial court appearances Thursday on terrorism and firearms charges.
Investigators say the two men planned to attack a station in Seattle where military enlistees are processed. The building, on East Marginal Way, also houses a daycare.
“The complaint alleges these men intended to carry out a deadly attack against our military where they should be most safe, here at home,” said United States Attorney Jenny A. Durkan. “This is a sobering reminder of our need to be vigilant and that our first line of defense is the people who live in our community. We were able to disrupt the plot because someone stepped forward and reported it to authorities. I commend the joint efforts of the FBI, the Seattle Police Department, and the Joint Terrorism Task Force who quickly recognized the seriousness of the threat and ensured the safety of the community.”
Read the rest of the US Attorney's announcement of the arrests here.
The government says agents became aware of the plot through someone the men tried to recruit as a participant, monitored the plot, and that the weapons the men purchased had been rendered inoperable.