BREAKING: Independence Day Terror Attack Thwarted
Federal investigators and local law enforcement stopped an al-Qaeda inspired terrorist attack set to coincide with a Fourth of July parade in America’s Heartland. (Fox News)
FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen Anthony said Demetrius Pitts, also known as Abdur Raheem Rahfeeq, was arrested at 10 a.m. Sunday by the joint terrorism task force. Authorities were initially notified about Pitts in 2017, when he lived in Cincinnati and allegedly made statements supporting Al Qaeda and advocating violence against U.S. military members.
Authorities said Pitts made Facebook posts with "disturbing" messages, saying "We as Muslims need to start training like this every day. We need to know how to shoot guns, throw grenades, hand to hand combat," Anthony said during a news conference.
"What would hit them at their core? Blow up in the, have a bomb blow up in the 4th of July parade," he said.
"This case illustrated that law enforcement can not sit back and wait for Mr. Pitts to commit a violent act," Anthony said.
Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams urged caution during this week’s festivities. Stressing that any suspicious activity should be immediately reported.