Two men have been arrested in an alleged plot to attack a military recruiting center in Seattle, Washington, the Justice department confirmed Thursday.
Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, also known as Joseph Anthony Davis and Walli Mujahid, also known as Frederik Domingue Jr. were arrested late Wednesday by agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigations(FBI).
Investigators said they have video and audio recording of the men plotting to destroy the Military Entrance Processing Station, a screening and processing center for all branches of the military. The men allegedly planned to attack using grenades and machine guns.
“The complaint alleges these men intended to carry out a deadly attack against our military where they should be most safe, here at home,” Seattle Attorney Jenny said in a news release. “This is a sobering reminder of our need to be vigilant and that our first line of defense is the people who live in our community. We were able to disrupt the plot because someone stepped forward and reported it to authorities,” she added.
Agents became aware of the plot through someone the men tried to recruit as a participant and monitored the plot. The weapons the men purchased had been rendered inoperable, government officials said.
Abdul-Latif and Mujahidh are charged by complaint with conspiracy to murder officers and employees of the U.S., conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, and possession of firearms in furtherance of crimes of violence. Abdul-Latif is also charged with two counts of illegal possession of firearms.