A United States Army veteran who was converted to radical Islam was planning revenge for attacks against key targets over the New Zealand Mosque shooting.
He was planning to detonate a bomb at a Long Beach rally this past weekend before he was intercepted by law enforcement officials, authorities stated on Monday.
Mark Steven Domingo, 26, was arrested Friday night after he took delivery of what he thought was an improvised explosive device from an undercover law enforcement agent posting as a bomb maker according to the LA Times.
Domingo was charged with attempting to provide material support to terrorists and, if convicted, could face up to 15 years in prison.
According to a federal affidavit, Domingo considered “various attacks — including targeting Jews, churches and police officers” before he decided “to detonate an IED at a rally scheduled to take place in Long Beach this past weekend.”
“His arrest today mitigates the threat he posed to others in the Los Angeles community,” Demers said.
Prosecutors said Domingo sought retribution for the March 15 attacks on New Zealand mosques and was willing to die a martyr.
“There must be retribution,” he said in an online post, according to the federal criminal complaint.
In a series of posts, Domingo also said he hoped that another event similar to the 2017 slaughter at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas might “kick off civil unrest” in the U.S.
“Its not about winning the civil war its about weakening America and giving them a taste of the terror they gladly spread all over the world,” he wrote.
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