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Son of Boston police captain charged in terror bomb plot

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BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors have arrested the son of a Boston police captain in a plot to commit terrorist acts on behalf of the Islamic State group.

23-year-old Alexander Ciccolo, who used the alias Ali Al Amriki online, was carrying a cache of weapons when he was arrested on July 4. Image source: Facebook.
23-year-old Alexander Ciccolo, who used the alias Ali Al Amriki online, was carrying a cache of weapons when he was arrested on July 4. Image source: Facebook.

Alexander Ciccolo (chih-KOH’-loh) is accused in a criminal complaint unsealed Monday of receiving four guns July 4 from a person cooperating with the Western Massachusetts Joint Terrorism Task Force.

23-year-old Alexander Ciccolo, who used the alias Ali Al Amriki online, was carrying a cache of weapons when he was arrested on July 4. Image source: Facebook.
23-year-old Alexander Ciccolo, who used the alias Ali Al Amriki online, was carrying a cache of weapons when he was arrested on July 4. These are the weapons that were entered into evidence, courtesy of the Department of Justice.

An FBI affidavit says the 23-year-old Adams resident had talked with the cooperating witness in recorded conversations about his plans to commit acts inspired by the Islamic State group, including setting off pressure-cooker bombs at an unidentified university. According to the affidavit, he said the attack would include executions of students broadcast live online.

Before his arrest, agents had observed Ciccolo buying a pressure cooker similar to those used in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

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