URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: 2 Men Arrested In Alleged Plot To Attack Military Processing Center In Seattle; Military Enlistees Allegedly Were Subjects Of Planned Mass Murder With Grenades And Machine Guns
URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: Two men were arrested in Washington state last night after the FBI disrupted a planned attack on a Seattle military intake center that included a daycare center for the children of federal employees, the Justice Department said.
Arrested were Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, 33, of Seattle, and Walli Mujahidh, 32, of Los Angeles. Abdul-Latif also is known Joseph Anthony Davis, and Mujahidh also is known as Frederick Domingue Jr.
Both subjects had been under surveillance, and federal agents “took possession of machine guns that they purchased and planned to use in an attack on the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) located on East Marginal Way, Seattle,” the Justice Department said.
MEPS screens and processes military enlistees.
“The complaint alleges these men intended to carry out a deadly attack against our military where they should be most safe, here at home,” said U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.
Investigators said the Joint Base Lewis-McChord military facility in Pierce and Thurston counties was the original target of the plot, which later was changed to target the Seattle facility. The men were arrested after taking possession of machine guns, the Justice Department said.
Both machine guns and grenades would be used to murder members of the military under the plan, which law enforcement intercepted when a person contacted authorities to say that “he/she” had been approached to participate in the attack and supply weapons, the Justice Department said.
The person agreed to cooperate with law enforcement, and the weapons were rendered inoperable, the Justice Department said.
“We were able to disrupt the plot because someone stepped forward and reported it to authorities,” Durkan said.
“Since early June the conspirators were captured on audio and videotape discussing a violent assault on the Military Entrance Processing Station,” the Justice Department said.