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Attempted-Bombing Suspect's Family Is 'Flabbergasted' at FBI

Jerry Drake Varnell's parents says he has schizophrenia—and FBI took advantage

(Newser) - The family of the Oklahoma man accused of plotting to blow up a bank says they're "heartbroken" but stand by Jerry Drake Varnell—who got caught up in a situation spurred by his mental illness and only made possible with aid from the FBI. NewsOK posts a statement... More »

Oklahoma Man Dialed Number to Detonate a Bomb. Nothing

The FBI says it had been onto Jerry Drake Varnell for months

(Newser) - The FBI on Saturday arrested a 23-year-old man who authorities say attempted to detonate what he believed was an explosives-laden van outside an Oklahoma bank. Officials say Jerry Drake Varnell of Sayre, Okla., was arrested around 1am after he twice dialed a number on a cellphone that he believed would... More »

At Heart of ISIS Airplane Plot: Meat Mincer

IED made it inside Sydney Airport, but not through security

(Newser) - If all had gone according to plan, a bomb disguised as a meat grinder would have taken down a plane in Australia last month. The existence of the plot was revealed late last month , and now police are providing details: Khaled Mahmoud Khayat, 49, and Mahmoud Khayat, 32, were charged... More »

Cops: Florida Man Had Bizarre Plan to Tank Target Stock

Mark Charles Barnett allegedly planned East Coast bombing campaign

(Newser) - A Florida man is in custody charged with plotting a bombing campaign as part of a bizarre investment strategy. Investigators say Mark Charles Barnett, 48, planned to put at least 10 bombs disguised as food items on the shelves of Target stores along the East Coast, NBC News reports. Court... More »

FBI Foils Va. 'Race War' Plot to Bomb Black Churches

Virginia white supremacists tried to buy weapons from undercover agent: FBI

(Newser) - The FBI says two white supremacists in Virginia tried to buy weapons from an undercover agent so they could carry out mass shootings and bombings at black churches and synagogues. Authorities say Robert C. Doyle, 34, and Ronald B. Chaney III, 33—whom Buzzfeed identifies as belonging to a white... More »

Latest Busted in an ISIS Plot: 2 Queens Women

Feds charged duo with plotting to detonate bomb

(Newser) - There have been a raft of ISIS-related arrests on American soil lately, and the latest are two women living together in Queens. As the New York Times reports, a federal indictment unsealed today reveals that Noelle Velentzas, 28, and Asia Siddiqui, 31, both American citizens, have been charged with plotting... More »

Teen Who Plotted School Bombing Runs for Mayor

Joshua Hoggan says he's human, 'like the rest of us'

(Newser) - Is it time to forgive and forget? An 18-year-old running for mayor in Utah sure hopes so, the AP reports. Joshua Hoggan served six months in juvenile detention for planning to blow up his school just two years ago, but assures voters in Roy, Utah, that he's a changed... More »

Cops Found Bomb Materials in Shooter's Home in 2006

John Zawahri had threatened classmates when police searched house

(Newser) - A disturbing clue from the Santa Monica gunman 's past: In 2006, police found bomb-making materials in John Zawahri's home. They searched the house after Zawahri threatened students at his high school, according to a member of the Santa Monica-Malibu school board who lived next-door to Zawahri's... More »

Would-Be Teen Bomber: 'Grim Reaper Is Here'

Grant Acord's journal released; mom says mental illness at play

(Newser) - Grant Acord detailed his alleged plot to blow up his Oregon high school in handwritten journals, and the plans were revealed in an affidavit released yesterday. In one, the 17-year-old envisions arriving at the school with loud music blasting from his car. As he threw a napalm firebomb and then... More »

Uzbek Man Nabbed in Idaho Over Terror Plot

Fazliddin Kurbanov charged with helping foreign terrorist organization

(Newser) - An Uzbek man has been arrested in Idaho and charged with helping a foreign terrorist organization make a bomb. "Any potential threat posed" by Fazliddin Kurbanov has been "contained," federal agents say. He was also charged with possessing bomb parts, the New York Times reports, and he'... More »

Alabama Teen Nabbed in High School Bomb Plot

Derek Shrout reportedly named teacher, 6 students as targets

(Newser) - A 17-year-old planned to bomb his Alabama high school, police say, but his plot was foiled after a teacher found his detail-filled journal. Derek Shrout reportedly left the diary in her classroom; while flipping through it in search of a name, she noticed plans for an attack that mentioned six... More »

Man Nabbed in Plot to Bomb Polish Parliament

Suspect's motives called nationalistic, anti-Semitic

(Newser) - A Polish man has been arrested for allegedly plotting to detonate a four-ton bomb in front of the country's parliament amid a budgetary debate. The BBC reports that the academic researcher, 45, has confessed to planning the assassination of the president and other leaders. Prosecutors called the unnamed man'... More »

FBI Makes Arrest in Plot to Bomb Fed Bank

Feds gave him phony bomb in sting

(Newser) - The FBI says it has foiled a plot to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, reports CNN . The story follows a familiar pattern: It was a sting operation, and the suspect was actually dealing with agents from the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force of New... More »

Doctors Abducted in Afghanistan

Also, huge bomb plot foiled

(Newser) - Two foreign doctors and their three Afghan colleagues have been kidnapped in a remote area in the extreme northeast Afghanistan, officials said today. The kidnapping occurred yesterday as the group was traveling on horseback between Yaftal and Ragh districts about 56 miles from the provincial capital of Faizabad, a Badakhshan... More »

Bomb-Plot Busting Double-Agent Is British

CIA not happy about this leak

(Newser) - Another tantalizing—and potentially damaging—tidbit has leaked about the double-agent who foiled an al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula underwear bomb plot. The agent is of Saudi descent but lived for years in Britain, where he spent some time with jihadist sympathizers and acquired a British passport, sources tell CNN... More »

Al-Qaeda Bomb Was Sewn Into 'Custom-Fit' Underwear

It could be detonated in two ways, official tells 'NYT'

(Newser) - We now know that a Saudi double-agent managed to get his hands on a non-metallic bomb that was designed by al-Qaeda to slip past metal detectors—and a number of US officials aren't too happy about said revelation. Though the AP held the story for a few days, the... More »

Double-Agent Infiltrated al-Qaeda to Foil Bomb Plot

Was working with CIA when he got device

(Newser) - Looks like a nice coup for the CIA: The agency and its counterpart in Saudi Arabia teamed up to fool the Yemen branch of al-Qaeda with a double-agent, reports the Los Angeles Times . The infiltrator convinced the group to give him a newly designed non-metallic bomb so he could attempt... More »

US: CIA Foils al-Qaeda Underwear Bomb Plot

Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri suspected

(Newser) - The CIA has stopped al-Qaeda from bombing a US-bound airliner with a new kind of underwear bomb intended to slip past metal detectors, the AP reports. US officials say that agents grabbed the bomb in Yemen from a would-be terrorist who hadn't picked a flight yet, but planned to... More »

FBI: Anarchists Tried to Trigger Fake Bombs

Five men arrested for bridge plot were once associated with Occupy Cleveland

(Newser) - The five men charged with plotting to blow up an Ohio bridge actually did attempt to detonate what they believed were real explosives, the FBI alleges. The men, unknowingly working with an FBI informant, repeatedly tried to use a text-message detonation code to blow up the fake bombs, which they... More »

Afghan Forces: We Foiled Massive Kabul Attack

They seize 11 tons of explosives hidden in potato truck

(Newser) - Afghan security forces arrested five militants with 11 tons of explosives they planned to use to carry out a massive attack in Kabul, a security official said today. Three of the five men were members of the Pakistani Taliban, while the other two belonged to the Afghan Taliban, said an... More »

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