Man planning truck ramming attack at National Harbor near DC ‘inspired by ISIS’

A Maryland man was planning to commit a terrorist attack at National Harbor, simply outdoors Washington, DC, utilizing a stolen truck and ways ‘impressed’ by Islamic State, in line with the US Department of Justice

Rondell Henry, 28, allegedly deliberate to make use of a automobile to kill pedestrians at the waterfront improvement simply outdoors the US capital, in line with the federal indictment introduced by the DOJ on Monday. He was charged with “interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle.”

Federal authorities say that Henry harbored “hatred” for non-Muslims for 2 years, and that he was impressed by movies of international terrorists to copy the Nice attack.

A truck ramming attack killed 86 and wounded 450 individuals in Nice, France in the course of the Bastille Day celebrations in July 2016. The attacker was recognized as 31-year-old French resident of Tunisian origin, Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel.

Henry’s first goal was Dulles International Airport in Virginia, the place he drove the stolen U-Haul on March 27, however he gave up after two hours of unsuccessfully attempting to breach the airport’s safety perimeter, the DOJ stated. He then allegedly drove to National Harbor, the place he spent the afternoon earlier than breaking into a ship in a single day. Henry was arrested by Prince George’s County police the next morning, after leaping over the safety fence across the boat dock.

The detention listening to is scheduled for Tuesday earlier than a federal decide in Maryland. If convicted, Henry faces a most sentence of 10 years in jail.

Islamic State (IS, previously ISIS/ISIL) as soon as held massive parts of Iraq and Syria and declared itself a “caliphate.” Starting in mid-2015, it was rolled again by Russian-backed Syrian military on one facet, and the US-backed Iraqi military and Kurdish militias on the opposite. The final IS outpost on the Syrian-Iraqi border surrendered final month.