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Suspect in Capitol bomb sting waives court hearing

Suspect accused of plotting to bomb US Capitol as part of FBI sting waives court hearings By The Associated Press

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) ' A Virginia man charged with plotting a suicide bombing inside the U.S. Capitol has waived his rights to preliminary and detention hearings.

Amine El Khalifi of Alexandria was arrested Friday and charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. On Wednesday afternoon, he was ordered held pending indictment. Court documents say El Khalifi is a native of Morocco who has been living illegally in the U.S. for more than a decade.

Authorities say the 29-year-old discussed plans to attack an Alexandria office building and a synagogue with an undercover FBI operative he thought was a member of al-Qaida.



Later, El Khalifi allegedly volunteered to wear a suicide vest and to kill himself in a martyrdom operation at the Capitol. His arrest came after a lengthy FBI investigation.


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