FBI foils man’s plot to bomb U.S. Capitol and shoot fleeing people

Posted at 5:10 PM, Jan 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-14 17:11:13-05

(CNN) — The FBI has arrested an Ohio man who was allegedly plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol, according to a law enforcement official and a complaint filed in Ohio.

Christopher Lee Cornell came to the FBI’s attention several months ago for alarming social media posts in which he talked about violent jihad, according to the criminal complaint. The FBI engaged in an undercover operation, and Cornell told an FBI source that he had aligned himself with ISIS.

He was plotting, with the undercover FBI operative, to set off pipe bombs in the U.S. Capitol and shoot people as they fled, the complaint said.

The plan was only in the early stages and posed no threat to lawmakers, the law enforcement official said.

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