Matthew Aaron Llaneza, 28, who was arrested this week by the FBI for trying to detonate what he believed to be a car bomb at an Oakland, California Bank of America, is reportedly a Taliban sympathizer who chose Oakland as the site of his planned terrorist attack because he believed Oakland to be a “center of protest.”

Llaneza, a former Marine who refers to himself as “Tarq Kahn” and who told FBI agents that he supports the Taliban, tried to detonate a vehicle-borne explosive device at an Oakland Bank of America branch.

He was arrested when it turned out the bomb he was trying to detonate was, in fact, planted by the FBI as part of an anti-terrorism sting operation.

“Llaneza was charged this morning by criminal complaint with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction against property used in an activity that affects interstate or foreign commerce,” according to the FBI press release concerning Llaneza’s arrest.



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