Chicago police foils terror attack ahead of NATO Summit

Published: Monday, May 21, 2012, 1:00 [IST]
 
Chicago police foils terror attack

Washington, May 20: Five people, including three members of the 'Black Bloc' group, have been arrested in President Barack Obama's hometown Chicago on charges of plotting terror attacks during the key NATO Summit in the city.

Nearly 60 world leaders have gathered in Chicago for the Summit beginning today, aimed at charting out a road map of international support to Afghanistan post-2014. Sebastian Senakiewicz, 24, of Chicago, is charged with falsely making a terrorist threat, the Illinois state's attorney's office said in a statement today.

Mark Neiweem (28) also believed to be from Chicago, is charged with attempted possession of explosives or incendiary devices.

Senakiewicz' arrest came a day after prosecutors said three men were caught in the act of making Molotov cocktails, which they had discussed using against the Obama campaign headquarters, as well as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's home, several area financial institutions and four police stations, CNN reported.

The three men - Brian Church (22) from Florida, Jared Chase (27) from New Hampshire and Brent Betterly (24) who told police that he is from Massachusetts - were produced before a court yesterday.

An Illinois judge set bails for each of the three suspect of USD 1.5 million. The three were charged with material support for terrorism; conspiracy to commit terrorism; and possession of explosives or incendiary devices. 

PTI


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