FBI arrests California man trying to start 'civil war' in US by blowing up BOA
New York, Feb 9 : The FBI has arrested a California man who planned to blow up a Bank of America branch in Oakland, hoping to start a civil war in the US.
The FBI arrested San Jose resident Matthew Aaron Llaneza, 28, on Friday for trying to detonate what he believed to be a working a car bomb outside a Bank of America.
In reality, the bomb was inoperable, and the man who helped Llaneza make it was an undercover FBI agent who had been tracking the suspect since November 30, the New York Daily News reports.
According to the report, the agent had gained Llaneza's trust by leading him to believe that he was connected with the Taliban, the FBI said.
Appearing before a federal magistrate on Friday, Llaneza was charged with the attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.
According to the paper, he faces a sentence of life in prison if found guilty.