Th FBI says they have made an arrested of a Moroccan man who aspired to conduct a suicide bombing attack on the U.S. Capitol.
A man has been arrested near the U.S. Capitol as part of a long-running investigation by the FBI and the U.S. Capitol Police. Amine El Khalifi believed he was going to carry out a bombing attack on the U.S. Capitol, but was in fact dealing with undercover FBI operatives, according to NBC Washington.
The FBI announced the arrest Friday. Khalifi, 29, is originally from Morocco, but lives in Alexandria.
According to FBI officials, he was given a vest that he believed contained explosives, and expressed a willingness to perform a suicide attack on the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center.
Authorities say the public was never in any dange, and that Khalifi was under observation for months.
The following statement was issued from U.S. Capitol Police:
"On Friday, February 17, 2012, members of the U.S. Capitol Police and the FBI arrested an individual in the area of the U.S. Capitol. This arrest was the culmination of a lengthy and extensive operation during which the individual was closely and carefully monitored. The U.S. Capitol Police was intimately involved in the investigation for the duration of the operation. At no time was the public or Congressional community in any danger."
Sources say the man will appear in federal court Friday.