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Plot to bomb Capitol with explosive-laden model planes foiled, FBI says

Rezwan Ferdaus was arrested in Massachusetts Wednesday, charged with plotting to kill US soldiers overseas as well as to attack the Pentagon and the US Capitol with explosives carried by remote control aircraft.

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This photo released by the US Attorney's Office shows a remote controlled model of the Navy's 1950s Sabre jet fighter that allegedly belonged to Rezwan Ferdaus, who was arrested Wednesday on charges of planning to fly explosive-packed, remote controlled airplanes into the Pentagon and the Capitol. Ferdaus also was charged with plotting to kill US soldiers overseas.

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An American Muslim acting as a lone-wolf jihadi, who thought he was working with Al Qaeda operatives, was arrested in Massachusetts Wednesday for plotting to kill US soldiers overseas as well as planning to attack the Pentagon and the US Capitol with explosives carried by remote control aircraft, according to federal officials.

Rezwan Ferdaus is a 26 year-old US citizen and a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston with a degree in physics. According to the criminal complaint filed against him, he is charged with “attempting to destroy federal governmental buildings using an explosive, attempting to destroy national defense premises, and attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.”

According to the FBI affidavit in the case, Mr. Ferdaus modified cell phones to be used as devices to trigger roadside bombs in Afghanistan meant to kill US soldiers. He gave these to FBI undercover agents and was pleased when told that they had worked successfully.

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