... the FBI and the Capitol police have arrested a man whom they have now charged with trying to blow up the capitol building.
The ranking member of the Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), said she had been in contact with the FBI about the arrest of El Khalifi.
“The brazen nature of this plot — targeting the U.S. Capitol building with the aim of killing innocent people and desecrating a symbol of our democracy — is disturbing,” she said in a statement.
"While we are still learning details, this plot appears to be yet another example of radicalized extremists attempting to attack Americans from within our borders,” Collins added.
Collins noted the sharp escalation in homegrown terrorist plots in recent years, citing a report by The Congressional Research Service that identified 36 arrests in such cases between 2009 and 2012.
"Today's arrest is a reminder that we must redouble our efforts to confront the threat posed by violent Islamist extremism, while making the clear distinction between a major religion followed by millions of law abiding Americans and a twisted ideology,” Collins concluded.
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