Federal Agents Arrest Terror Suspect in Washington, D.C. in Sting Operation
They say the man wanted to carry out an attack on the Capitol.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The FBI arrested a terror suspect near the U.S. Capitol today after agents gave him a vest he believed was filled with explosives.
CBS News has learned the suspect is Amine el Khalifi, a 29-year-old Moroccan man who was living in Alexandria, Virginia on an expired visa. Authorities put him under surveillance about a year ago after the man expressed interest in launching a terror attack.
Undercover agents developed a relationship with el Khalifi over the last few months, learning that he wanted to be the first suicide bomber on U.S. soil.
The suspect met with the agents Friday morning and was given what he thought was a suicide vest. He was arrested a short time later as he set out on his mission.
In statement, Capitol police said "at no time was the public or congressional community in any danger.”
Congress was in session Friday and went about its routine business without any disruptions.