Raid on western Minnesota home thwarted terror attack: FBI

MINNEAPOLIS Mon May 6, 2013 12:27pm EDT

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MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - Authorities disrupted a terror plot and possibly saved lives when they raided a home in western Minnesota last week and recovered several guns including an assault rifle and explosive devices, the FBI said on Monday.

Federal, state and local law enforcement officers on Friday descended on the property, in Montevideo, Minnesota, where they arrested one man and recovered weapons and explosives after executing a search warrant, the FBI said in a statement.

Buford Rogers, 24, was arrested without incident and was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to a criminal complaint filed with federal court in Minnesota, the FBI said.

The FBI statement did not provide details of the suspected plot. Montevideo is about 130 miles west of Minneapolis near the South Dakota border.

"The FBI believes that a terror attack was disrupted by law enforcement personnel and that the lives of several local residents were potentially saved," the FBI statement said.

"The terror plot was discovered and subsequently thwarted through the timely analysis of intelligence and through the cooperation and coordination between the aforementioned agencies."

According to the criminal complaint, sworn by an FBI agent assigned to a squad that investigates domestic terrorism, Rogers was convicted of felony burglary in 2011 and admitted to firing the assault rifle twice recently at a gun range.

As a convicted felon, Rogers could not legally possess a firearm that has been transported across state or international boundaries, the complaint said. It described the assault rifle as a Romanian model AK-M.

(Reporting by David Bailey; Editing by Greg McCune and Steve Orlofsky)

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AndrewAsche wrote:
Did they ask his neighbors, or anyone for that matter, if they were actually terrified before labeling him a terrorist and saying they stopped a potential terror attack?

Anyone else notice everything and everyone is being called “terrorist” and “terror” these days? What the heck? It’s like watching V for Vendetta in real life.

If terrorists mean to cause terror, sounds like they won with the media.
But I’m just not terrified.

May 06, 2013 12:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ChangeWhat wrote:
LOL!!! So the FBI is going to start raiding American burglars that are violating there probation basically. Then they are going to say they stopped a terrorist attack, unreal LOL!!!! The sad thing is people will believe the lies.

May 06, 2013 12:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
DianeGeorge wrote:
Not a lot of information reported to classify this as a thwarted terrorist attack: a convicted burglar admits to owning and firing a rifle at a practice range; no motive revealed. Terrorist, criminal, or just stupid?

May 06, 2013 12:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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