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US terror plots: Zazi charged, man accused of plan to attack Marine base

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Police arrested two men in separate incidents Thursday on charges of plotting bomb attacks in Springfield, Ill., and Dallas, and charged a third with planning to attack a US Marine base – all on the same day Afghan immigrant Najibullah Zazi was charged with planning one of the most serious bomb attacks on American soil since 9/11.

The rapid succession of arrests and charges underscores the continuing threat of domestic terrorism.

Authorities in Texas arrested a Jordanian man, Maher Husein Smadi, and charged him with planning to blow up an office building in Dallas. Police had put Mr. Smadi under surveillance, and an undercover FBI agent had given him a fake car bomb, according to the prosecutor.

Police in Illinois charged Michael Finton with plotting to blow up a courthouse in Springfield, the state capital. According to government officials, he could face a life sentence if convicted.

Neither of the arrests are related to the ongoing investigation surrounding Mr. Zazi in New York and Colorado, according to Bloomberg.


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