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Capitol Bomb Plotter Promised 'Martyrdom Payments'

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The alleged plot to blow up the U.S. Capitol included promises of payments to the family of the accused.
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The alleged plot to blow up the U.S. Capitol included promises of payments to the family of the accused.

An FBI sting operation promised payments of up to $1,000 a month to a Moroccan immigrant who eventually volunteered to kill himself in a plot to bomb the U.S. Capitol.

Twenty-nine-year-old Amine El-Khalifi, who was living in Alexandria until the time of his arrest in February, will be sentenced in federal court on Friday, according to the Associated Press.

In court papers, El-Khalifi's lawyers say their client received more than $5,700 in living expenses from undercover FBI agents during the six-month investigation. El-Khalifi's was also promised his parents would receive what the lawyers describe as "martyrdom payments'' of up to $1,000 a month after he completed the attack.

El Khalifi allegedly volunteered to wear a suicide vest and kill himself in an operation at the U.S. Capitol.

The plea deal requires a minimum sentence of at least 25 years.


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