U.S. authorities have arrested a soldier in Georgia for plotting to blow up the memorial to the victims of 9/11 and attacking US soldiers in the Middle East.
“Cole James Bridges, 20, from Stowe, Ohio, is being held on charges of attempting to provide material support to ISIS to blow up the 9/11 memorial in New York, as well as attacking U.S. soldiers in the Middle East,” said senior law enforcement official.
The official pointed out that “the 20-year-old soldier, known as Bridges, was in the 3rd Infantry Division outside Fort Stuart, and is scheduled to appear in federal court in Georgia on Thursday.”
Last October, he began chatting with a secret FBI agent disguised as an ISIS supporter in contact with fighters in the Middle East. Bridges gave the agent instructions to attack US soil, “including advice about potential targets in New York, such as the 9/11 Memorial,” according to the US Attorney’s Office.
The statement said the perpetrator had also delivered training manoeuvres to the US military and guidance on military combat tactics, for ISIS.