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Suspect in US Capitol bomb sting expected in court

Suspect accused of plotting to bomb US Capitol as part of FBI sting expected in Va. court By The Associated Press

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) ' A Virginia man charged following a yearlong FBI sting with plotting to blow up a bomb inside the U.S. Capitol in a suicide operation is expected to make a second court appearance.

Twenty-nine-year-old Amine El Khalifi of Alexandria was arrested Friday and charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. He's currently being held in jail and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities say El Khalifi discussed plans to attack an Alexandria office building and a synagogue with an undercover operative he thought was a member of al-Qaida. Later, El Khalifi allegedly volunteered to wear a suicide vest and kill himself in a martyrdom operation at the Capitol.

Court documents say El Khalifi is a Moroccan native who was in the U.S. illegally.

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