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Man inspired by ISIS planned truck attack near DC, say US prosecutors

A Maryland man who prosecutors say was inspired by ISIS extremist group plotted to ram a stolen U-Haul truck into as many pedestrians as possible at a popular convention and tourist destination just outside the nations capital, federal prosecutors said Monday.

The allegation was made in a court filing Monday as prosecutors in Maryland urged a judge to keep the defendant, 28-year-old Rondell Henry, detained on a charge of driving a stolen vehicle across state lines.

The police arrested him on March 28 after officers saw him leap over a security fence near where he had parked the truck.

“I was just going to keep driving and driving and driving. I wasnt going to stop,” the document quotes Henry as telling the authorities who questioned him.

The six-page motion describes Henry as harboring hatred for “disbelievers” over the last two years and looking to emulate ISIS militants he saw on beheading videos and fighting overseas.

Henry, a computer engineer by trade, walked off his job in the middle of the day last month and stole a U-Haul van from a storage location in Virginia after determining that his four-door sedan “would not cause the catastrophic damage that he desired.”

After considering different locations, including Dulles International Airport, Henry settled on National Harbor – a complex of restaurants, retail and hotels, prosecutors say.

The court filing says Henry had no escape plan and instead intended to die while driving into pedestrians at Read More – Source




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