The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation says five people have been arrested for allegedly plotting to blow up a bridge near the city of Cleveland, Ohio.
A Justice Department statement Tuesday says members of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested the five men Monday evening.
A criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Cleveland identifies three of the suspects as “self-proclaimed anarchists.” Authorities say the three men had considered a series of evolving plots over several months.
The complaint says the initial plot involved using smoke grenades to distract law enforcement so that the suspects could topple financial institution signs on top of buildings in downtown Cleveland. Later, the plot reportedly grew to include remotely detonating C-4 explosives. The final plan identified a bridge near Cleveland as the target.
Authorities say the plot is not connected to the one-year anniversary of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden’s death. Tuesday’s Justice Department statement says the public was never in danger from the explosive devices, which were controlled by an undercover FBI employee.