Federal prosecutors have arrested a Milwaukee man who allegedly planned to massacre 30 people in a terrorist attack on an unnamed Masonic temple in the city.
According to court documents obtained by The Associated Press, federal prosecutors charged 23-year-old Samy Mohamed Hamzeh today with unlawfully possessing a machine gun and unlawfully receiving and possessing firearms not registered to him.
An FBI affidavit reveals that agents were tipped off in September that Hamzeh planned to travel to Israel in October to attack Israeli soldiers and citizens in the West Bank. He abandoned those plans due to "family, financial and logistic reasons," the affidavit said, but refocused his efforts on a domestic attack.
Hamzeh discussed his plans extensively with two FBI informants. The affidavit said the FBI started recording his conversations with the informants in October.
Hamzeh and the two informants traveled to a gun range on Jan. 19 and practiced with a pistol. Afterward they took a tour of a Masonic temple in Milwaukee. The affidavit does not name the temple.
Later on Jan. 19 and into the early morning of Jan. 20, Hamzeh discussed his plans to attack the temple with the informants, telling them they needed two more machine guns and silencers. They planned to station one person at the temple's entrance while the other two went through the building, killing everyone they saw.
"I am telling you, if this hit is executed, it will be known all over the world ... all the Mujahedeen will be talking and they will be proud of us," Hamzeh said, according to the affidavit. "Such operations will increase in America, when they hear about it. The people will be scared and the operations will increase. ... This way we will be igniting it. I mean we are marching at the front of the war."
Hamzeh said his group consisted of Muslims who were "defending Muslim religion."
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