Amine El Khalifi, an Alexandria, VA, resident, left a mosque today and headed over to the U.S. Capitol strapped into a suicide vest. His target, according to ABC News, was the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center.
[Update, 2/19/12: The mosque visited by El Khalafi for his Friday prayers was the same one at which Anwar al-Awlaki was imam in 2001 and 2002. Al-Awlaki was the al-Qaeda recruiter linked to the terror attacks of 9/11, the Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan, and the 2009 Christmas bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, among others. Al-Awaki and his son were reportedly killed in separate American drone strikes in Yemen in 2001.]
Law enforcement officials, who had been tracking El Khalifi for more than a year, said that "the explosives were inert" and that the public and Congressional community were "never in danger." By that definition, the "public" apparently does not include El Khalifi's landlord, whom the mass-murderer-wannabe threatened to beat up after the landlord suspected him and his buddies of making bombs in his apartment and then asked him to leave.
You will no doubt be shocked to learn that El Khalifi is a 29-year-old unemployed illegal alien who came to the U.S. from Morocco when he was 16 years old and overstayed his visa. He was arrested wearing a green shirt and black pants.
Officials are calling this a "lone wolf" attack.
My, my, my. There seem to be a lot of lone wolves out there.
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