ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A Virginia man accused in an alleged bomb plot against the U.S. Capitol was scheduled to plead guilty Friday, federal prosecutors said.
El Khalifi was arrested in February in a parking garage near the U.S. Capitol, wearing what he thought was an explosive-laden suicide vest. The vest, provided by undercover operatives, was actually inert and a gun he planned to use to shoot his way past security in the building was also inoperable, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors say El Khalifi had revealed his intention to kill Americans to an undercover FBI operative he thought was a member of the al Qaeda terrorist group. He spoke of wanting to attack a synagogue and kill Army generals, prosecutors said, before settling on a plot to blow himself up inside the U.S. Capitol as an act of martyrdom. Officials have said the public was never in danger.
His public defenders did not immediately return a call seeking comment Friday.
El Khalifi could have faced life in prison if convicted at trial.
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