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4th Of July Terror Attack Foiled

Federal Agents have arrested a man who was planning an attack on the 4th of July festivities in Cleveland Ohio.

According to WKYC:

CLEVELAND – Federal authorities have arrested a man who allegedly planned a terrorist-style attack in downtown Cleveland on July 4.

The FBI said Demetrius Nathaniel Pitts -- aka Abdur Raheem Rafeeq -- was taken into custody Sunday around 10 a.m. on accusations of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.


Last week, Pitts allegedly told an undercover agent: "I did tell myself that their holiday is coming up. The Fourth of July. Independence Day. What would hit them in the core? Blow up. Have a bomb. Blow up at the Fourth of July parade."

Authorities say Pitts talked about hitting targets like St. John's Cathedral and giving remote control cars packed with explosives and shrapnel to the children of military members.

Authorities confirmed that Pitts swore allegiance to al-Qaeda and that military members were his targets. Philidelphia was also a possible city of interest for him.