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A group of teenagers, who were found to be supporters of terrorist group ISIS, have been stopped from firebombing a mosque during Spring Break.
Previously sealed FBI records, which became public yesterday, have revealed the details of how the youths' planned terror attack was prevented.
The trio was comprised of an unnamed 15-year-old in Chicago, an anonymous 17-year-old in Kentucky and 18-year-old Xavier Pelkey.
They met at the latter's apartment in Waterville, Maine after Pelkey contacted the other two via Instagram, and had been plotting to “shoot up” and firebomb a Shia mosque in Chicago.
Pelkey went under the fake name of Abdullah, and promised to buy guns for the two minors as well as ammunition.
He had also claimed to have built a home-made explosive device to “get more people”, the court papers claim.
The FBI states: “They had planned to enter the Shia mosque and separate the adults from the children, then murder the adults.
“If they had not encountered law enforcement at that point, they would continue on to another Shia mosque or Jewish synagogue and execute the same plan.
“They did not have a plan to escape but rather their plan ended with them being shot by law enforcement.”
ISIS flags and tons of guns and bombs from the younger teen and Pelkey were found at both of their homes, when the FBI searched the properties in February.
The FBI spokesman continued: “Agents from Chicago FBI seized multiple firearms, including a Remington pump shotgun, swords, knives, a bow and arrows, multiple homemade ISIS flags, and multiple electronic devices from Juvenile #1’s residence.”
A technician took the bombs apart and found that it was full of “staples, pins and thumb tacks”
The eldest of the trio was charged with possession of an unregistered destructive device, which could land him in prison for up to 10 years.
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