Muslim US army veteran's plot to bomb white supremacist rally 'thwarted at last moment'

Andrew Buncombe

An alleged terror plot by a Muslim army veteran to bomb a white supremacist rally has been thwarted, according to authorities.

Mark Domingo, 26, an infantryman who served a combat stint in Afghanistan, was arrested by federal agents while allegedly putting the final touches to a plan to plant a bomb at a Nazi rally in Long Beach, prosecutors have said.

Mr Domingo was arrested last Friday on a charge of providing material support to terrorists and a criminal complaint said he had been planning since March to “manufacture and use a weapon of mass destruction in order to commit mass murder”.

Court papers claim Mr Domingo discussed with an informant different types of attacks that included targeting Jews, churches and police officers.

Mr Domingo allegedly said he wanted revenge for attacks on mosques in New Zealand that killed 50 people last month.

He allegedly bought parts, including nails, for an improvised explosive device that would be remotely triggered, but in fact contained inert materials, FBI agent Tasha Coolidge said in an affidavit filed in US District Court in Los Angeles.

If they survived the planned bombing at Bluff Park, Mr Domingo discussed launching further attacks on the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles or on a train, the papers said.

White nationalists never showed up to the planned event in Bluff Park, but a large group of counter protesters demonstrated.

A message left on a phone listed for Mr Domingo was not immediately returned.

With Associated Press