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BY: Mary Lou Lang
The 25-year-old son of a Boston police captain pleaded guilty on Monday to planning terrorist attacks in support of ISIS on U.S. targets to cause mass casualties.
Alexander - Ciccolo - Ali - Al - Amriki
Alexander Ciccolo, also known as Ali Al Amriki, of Adams, Mass., pleaded guilty to two counts of terrorism, including one count of attempting to provide material support to ISIS and one count of attempting to use weapons of mass destruction, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Ciccolo also pleaded guilty to being a convicted person in possession of firearms and assaulting a nurse with a deadly weapon.
Ciccolo - Devices - Pressure - Cookers - Powder
Ciccolo planned to set off improvised explosive devices including pressure cookers filled with black powder, nails, ball bearings, and glass in several locations including a university cafeteria where large numbers of people congregate.
According to the DOJ, Ciccolo purchased a pressure cooker and several partially constructed Molotov cocktails were found when his apartment was searched. The devices contained motor oil and possible shredded Styrofoam which Ciccolo indicated would cause fire from the exploded devices to stick to people's skin and make it harder to put the fire out.
Homegrown - Violent - Extremists - Danger - Americans
"Homegrown violent extremists pose a serious danger to innocent Americans," said Assistant Attorney General John Demers...
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