February 17th, 2012
01:57 PM ET

Police: Suicide attack on U.S. Capitol foiled

U.S. Capitol Police and the FBI on Friday arrested a Moroccan man who was planning a suicide attack on the Capitol, police and a federal law-enforcement official said.

The man received what he thought was a vest with explosives, but the materials in the vest had been rendered inoperable by law enforcement, Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd said.

He was arrested as soon as he accepted the vest from undercover officers, the federal law-enforcement source said.

The man had been closely monitored as part of a lengthy and extensive undercover operation, police said, adding U.S. Capitol Police had been "intimately" involved in the investigation.

The public was never in danger, police said.

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  1. chrissy

    @ leeintulsa *WORD*

    February 19, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    And in this country isnt conspiring with someone to commit a crime make one an accessory, and a punishable offence?

    February 19, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    excuse me, offense i meant

    February 19, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    @ chrissy

    What I was wondering about too. See mine of 18th, 12:30 pm above.

    February 19, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. / Through a Scanner, Darkly

    @ leeintulsa , A year and a half ago this guy's Landlord reported suspious activities which were then investigated. Sounds like you are identifying with this "loser". Pretty Scarey

    February 19, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Looking for an argument, are you?

      February 19, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. / Through a Scanner, Darkly

    @ banasy , Who are you talking to?

    February 20, 2012 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
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