The estranged son of a respected Boston police captain was arrested July 4 by FBI agents as part of a counter-terrorism operation against alleged domestic terrorists inspired by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), the ABC News website reports today (July 13, 2015).
Alexander Ciccolo, 23, of Adams, Massachusetts was taken into custody on gun charges after buying two pistols and two rifles from an undercover FBI confidential informant, federal officials said.
In a search of his apartment, officials reported they found it loaded with bomb-making equipment, including a pressure cooker, a variety of chemicals, an alarm clock, along with attack planning papers, and jihad paperwork. FBI agents said he used the name Abu Ali al-Amriki and neighbors said he was a recent convert to Islam.
"This is a very bad person arrested before he could do very bad things," one senior federal official briefed on the arrest told ABC News.