This is scary. Good thing the FBI were on their game!
A Lebanese man, who is also a permanent U.S. resident, Sami Samir Hassoun, has been charged with plotting to bomb a crowded area by Wrigley Field, as people were leaving a Dave Matthews Band concert at the stadium over the weekend.
Hassoun had been collaborating with a man who was cooperating with the FBI, and the bomb planted was a fake provided by an undercover FBI agent.
At this time, the FBI are saying that Hassoun was acting alone. Here’s a statement from Robert Grant, head of the FBI’s office in Chicago:
"He was acting alone. He was not, I would say, highly skilled but definitely desirous of finding the material he needed to carry out his attack.”
More from Grant:
"His intent was to kill as many people as he could in an area of town that was highly populated, in an effort to cause as much destruction as possible.”
Major props to the FBI for preventing a tragic attack! We always hear about terrorists being harbored in other countries. Frightening to hear about someone plotting attacks against us, who is in fact a U.S. resident.
[Image via Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune.]