Ohio ISIS supporter arrested in plot to attack U.S. Capitol

Includes reporting from James Valles

CONNECTICUT, OHIO (BNO NEWS) -- An Islamic State (ISIS) supporter from Ohio was arrested by the FBI on Wednesday after he allegedly plotted to carry out a bomb and shooting attack against lawmakers at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., federal officials said.

Christopher Lee Cornell, 20, of Green Township, Ohio, who also goes by the name of Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah, allegedly planned to plant and detonate pipe bombs at and near the U.S. Capitol before going on a shooting spree to kill government officials and employees, who he considered to be enemies, according to court documents.

Cornell, who was active on Twitter, where he expressed his support for ISIS by sharing statements and videos, is said to have met with an undercover FBI informant on several occasions, in October and November, and confided about plans to carry out an attack on the U.S. Capitol.

In August, Cornell allegedly told the undercover source that he had been in contact with people overseas and that he did not think he was going to receive specific authorization to conduct a terrorist attack in the United States, but said he wanted to move forward with violent jihad to support the Islamic State group.

"I believe that we should just wage jihad under our own orders and plan attacks and everything," Cornell told the source, according to court documents filed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. "I believe we should meet up and make our own group in alliance with the Islamic State here and plan operations ourselves"

During a meeting with the informant, Cornell showed on his computer that he had researched the targeted government buildings, as well as information on how to build pipe bombs. He was taken into custody on Wednesday after purchasing two semi-automatic weapons and 600 rounds of ammunition, which were to be used for the attack

Cornell has been charged with the attempted killing of a U.S. government officer and possession of a firearm to commit a crime.

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