On Wednesday, the Department of Justice announced that a Syrian refugee had been arrested for allegedly scheming to attack a Pittsburgh church, the Legacy International Worship Center, “to support the cause of ISIS and to inspire other ISIS supporters in the United States.”
As ABC News reports, the DOJ stated, “(The suspect) also distributed propaganda materials, offered to provide potential targets in the Pittsburgh area, requested a weapon with a silencer, and recorded a video of himself pledging an oath of allegiance to the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.”
The Department of Justice website noted that Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers stated, “Targeting places of worship is beyond the pale, no matter what the motivation. The defendant is alleged to have plotted just such an attack of a church in Pittsburgh in the name of ISIS. The National Security Division and our partners will continue our efforts to identify and bring to justice individuals in our country who seek to commit violence on behalf of ISIS and other terrorist organizations. I want to thank the agents, analysts, and prosecutors who are responsible for this investigation.”
Assistant Director Michael McGarrity of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division added:
U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady for the Western District of Pennsylvania added, Court documents show (the suspect) planned to attack a church in the name of ISIS, which could have killed or injured many people. Fortunately, his plans were foiled by the full force of the FBI Pittsburgh Joint Terrorism Task Force. The FBI takes threats to churches and other religious institutions extremely seriously and will use all our resources to stop potential terrorist attacks against them.”
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[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Hank Berrien and originally published at The Daily Wire. Title changed by P&P.]
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