Son of Boston Police Captain Charged in Terrorist Bomb Plot

Tuesday, July 14, 2015


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Alexander Ciccolo - Image Credit: The Napanee Beaver

A 23-year old man from Adams, Massachusetts has been arrested and charged in connection with a terrorist plot on behalf of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization. 

According to the FBI, Alexander Ciccolo, a/k/a Ali Al Amriki, was charged with being a felon in possession of firearms. Additional information regarding Ciccolo’s plans was filed this morning in advance of a detention hearing to be held tomorrow Tuesday afternoon in Springfield.

Ciccolo, whose father is a Captain on the Boston Police Department, took delivery of four firearms which he had ordered from a person who was cooperating with members of the Western Massachusetts Joint Terrorism Task Force, and who had been communicating with Ciccolo about Ciccolo’s plans to engage in a terrorist act. Ciccolo was arrested immediately after taking delivery of the firearms.

Ciccolo had allegedly spoken with a cooperating witness in recorded conversations about his plans to commit acts of terrorism inspired by ISIL, including setting off improvised explosive devices, such as pressure cookers filled with black powder, nails, ball bearings and glass, in places where large numbers of people congregate, like college cafeterias. Prior to his arrest, agents had observed Ciccolo purchase a pressure cooker similar to that used in the Boston Marathon bombings.

It is also alleged that during a search of Ciccolo’s apartment after he was arrested, agents found several partially constructed “Molotov cocktails.” These incendiary devices contained what appeared to be shredded Styrofoam soaking in motor oil. Ciccolo had previously stated that this mixture would cause the fire from the exploded devices to stick to people’s skin and make it harder to put the fire out.

Ciccolo faces sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. 


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