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U.S. combat vet arrested for planned attack

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U.S. combat vet arrested for planned attack

A U.S. veteran of the war in Afghanistan who prosecutors say plotted to detonate a nail bomb at a Los Angeles-area white nationalist rally, hoping to cause mass casualties, has been arrested following an FBI online sting operation, federal prosecutors say.

Jane Lanhee Lee reports.

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U.S. combat vet arrested for planned attack

Pressure cooker bombs, three-inch nails, and a lot of ammunition were all part of a plan, according to police, by a former U.S. Army soldier who served in Afghanistan to wreak havoc at a rally in Long Beach California organized by a white nationalist group over the weekend (April 27-28).

But well before 26-year-old Mark Steven Domingo could attack, he was tracked by law enforcement for nearly two months, baited with what he thought were live explosive devices, and arrested on Friday (April 26) after he scoped out the event venue.

U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna and local law enforcement detailed their operation to bring him down.

Which had targets well beyond the rally.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. ATTORNEY, NICK HANNA, SAYING: "This is a case in which law enforcement was able to identify a man consumed with hate, and bent on mass murder and stop him before he was able to carry out his attack.

/Mr. Domingo said that he wanted to kill Jews as they walked to synagogue.

He wanted to kill and target police officers or attack crowds at the Santa Monica pier." Domingo was charged with providing and attempting to provide material support to terrorists.

In a video posted online he said America needs another Vegas event, referring to the mass shooting in 2017.

He also said he would pledge allegiance to ISIS if they were in America.

And following the mass shooting attack on mosques in New Zealand last month, he posted 'There must be retribution.'

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. ATTORNEY, NICK HANNA, SAYING: "He allegedly purchased several hundred three-inch long nails to be used in IEDs as shrapnel specifically because the nails were long enough to penetrate the human body and puncture internal organs." Hanna said Domingo was extensively watched and had no co-conspirators and there was no ongoing threat to southern California.

The announcement comes two days after a gunman opened fire in a synagogue in the San Diego-area which left one person dead and three wounded.

A suspect identified as John Earnest was taken into custody in the shooting.

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