An Ohio resident was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on charges of attempting to kill a United States Government official. The apprehended suspect had planned to carry-out a “Jihad” (Holy War) in Washington D.C. (U.S. Capital) with his large supply of explosives that the FBI believed to be inspired by the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS).
The suspect was identified as Christopher Lee Cornell (AKA “Raheel Mahrous ‘Ubayda”) – a resident of the Cincinnati area in the state of Ohio. Cornell was discovered to possess multiple assault rifles, 600 rounds of ammunition, and material to produce pipe bombs that he planned to develop for future use against U.S. Governmental institutions.
Cornell was first suspected by the FBI for harboring sympathizes for ISIS when he voiced his support for the terrorist group on Twitter. The suspect wrote the following message to an informant in August that caught the attention of the FBI: “I believe that we should just wage jihad under our own orders and plan attacks and everything.” He further added, “I believe we should meet up and make our own group in alliance with the Islamic State here and plan operations ourselves.”
The attack planned for Washington D.C. began in October when the suspect met up with the FBI informant to discuss the details. Cornell had already researched how to build and detonate bombs – his primary targets were members of the U.S. Congress in Washington D.C.
After his multiple meetings with this FBI informant, Cornell began preparations to carry out this attack on the U.S. Capital. The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security issued their bulletin to law enforcement agencies informing them of their arrest of Cornell. Cornell was apprehended on Wednesday morning, just before he was preparing to leave for Washington D.C.