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Police captain’s son plotted to plant bombs at college

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The 23-year-old was charged in a criminal complaint unsealed today with illegal possession of a firearm for receiving four guns July 4 from a person cooperating with the Western Massachusetts Joint Terrorism Task Force.

His father, who is a Boston Police Captain, alerted authorities after he said his son made alarming comments.

According to the office of US Attorney Carmen Ortiz, Ciccolo is a supporter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and talked about his plans to commit terrorist acts in recorded conversations.

Authorities say that after his arrest, they found in Ciccolo’s apartment two machetes, a long curved knife, and partially constructed Molotov cocktails that appeared to contain shredded Styrofoam soaking in motor oil.

Ciccolo, the son of a Boston police captain, highlighting the 2013 marathon attacks as his inspiration. I don’t think he’d hesitate in a second if he had to do it again, knowing what he knew. They said they often saw Ciccolo out and about in the community.

The acquaintance told the FBI that Ciccolo had a history of mental illness and had become obsessed with Islam, court records show.

“Lone wolf” militants pose a bigger risk to the United States than a large-scale operation, President Barack Obama and USA authorities have said.

Ciccolo initially talked about killing civilians, police officers and members of the US military, but later said he wanted instead to attack a state university outside Massachusetts because more people would be there, according to the FBI. He told a co-operative witness that he would carry out the attack in dormitories and a cafeteria, according to court documents and intended to broadcast the attack, including the executions of students live on the internet. Ciccolo is accused of being a supporter of Islamic State.

Alexander Ciccolo allegedly planned to target a school cafeteria and a bar.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation later arranged for the unidentified witness to meet with Ciccolo on June 24 in Pittsfield. Ciccolo told the witness that the Boston Marathon bombing gave him the idea of using pressure-cooker bombs, the FBI said.

According to ABC News, FBI officials said Ciccolo’s arrest is one of several in relation to threats of ISIS-inspired violence around the Fourth of July holiday.

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