Abdur Raheem Rahfeeq planned large-scale Fourth of July attacks with explosives in the cause of Islam at Independence Day parades and other celebratory events. Like Nice on Bastille day. Huge body count. Will the Islamophobia never end?
Terror plotter is arrested after pledging allegiance to Al Qaeda and telling undercover FBI officer he was planning to attack Cleveland’s 4th July parade by giving remote control cars filled with explosives to military CHILDREN and blowing up a van
Demetrius Nathaniel Pitts, also known as Abdur Raheem Rahfeeq, was allegedly planning a massive Fourth of July attack in downtown Cleveland, Ohio
- Abdur Raheem Rahfeeq, a US citizen, scouted out locations for the strike to take place
- Abdur Raheem Rahfeeq wanted to take St. John’s cathedral ‘off the map’, set off a van filled with explosives, and give children bomb-filled remote controlled cars
- Abdur Raheem Rahfeeq’s plans were foiled when he detailed the attack to an undercover FBI agent
- Abdur Raheem Rahfeeq was arrested Sunday and has been charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization
He is due in court Monday and faces up to 20 years in prison
Suspect plotted to park van with explosives in Cleveland for large-scale attack on Fourth of July
Posted by Chris Anderson, FOX19, July 12 2018
Agents from the FBI have arrested an individual accused of planning a terrorist attack on the Fourth of July in downtown Cleveland.
According to FBI agent Stephen Anthony, Demetrius Nathaniel Pitts, also known as Abdur Raheem Rahfeeq, was arrested Sunday morning after meeting with an undercover official.
Investigators started monitoring Pitts in 2017 when he resided in southern Ohio. He posted several disturbing posts on social media promoting violence and encouraging acts of terrorism supporting Al-Qaeda.
The FBI also alleges that Pitts wanted to provide children of military families with explosive, remote-controlled toy cars in hopes of harming their parents.
Agent Anthony says Pitts wrote on social media: “Blow up. Have a bomb. Blow up at the Fourth of July parade.”
In May, the FBI says Pitts moved to Cleveland. He recently performed surveillance in Cleveland at sites that are typically populated on Independence Day, like Voinovich Park and near the U.S. Coast Guard station.
Pitts met with the undercover agent on Sunday, where he also discussed a separate attack in Philadelphia. He was then arrested and charged with attempted material support of a foreign terrorist organization, according to Cleveland’s FBI office.
He has a lengthy criminal background, including charges of felonious assault, domestic violence, and aggravated robbery.
Pitts is scheduled to appear in front of a U.S. Magistrate Monday and faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.
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