FBI Sting Nabs Alleged Terrorist Using Self-Storage Unit to Store Weapons, Explosives

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A months-long FBI sting resulted in the arrest of an alleged terrorist and the confiscation of several weapons and explosives being stored in a unit at a Framingham, Mass., self-storage facility.

Police said Rezwan Ferdaus, 26, rented the self-storage unit June 17. He paid $450 cash for the rental, with money given to him by undercover FBI agents. Undercover agents met with Ferdaus Wednesday at a storage facility on Waverly Place.

The undercover agents gave Ferduas the requested items, which included six AK-47 assault rifles, three grenades and what Ferdaus thought was 25 pounds of plastic explosives. Ferdaus had previously purchased and stored remote-controlled airplanes he planned to use to attack the U.S. Capitol and Pentagon.

Once Ferdaus placed all the items in the unit and closed the door, he was arrested. Ferdaus appeared in U.S. District Court in Worcester on Wednesday. He’s being held pending a full detention hearing on Monday.

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