Chicago: Ahead of NATO Summit, terror plot foiled

Last Updated: Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 13:30

Washington: The Chicago Police have arrested three individuals on charges of allegedly plotting terrorist attacks during the NATO Summit in the city, which begins Sunday.

The three individuals were also planning to attack the headquarters of the Obama Campaign in Chicago, the home of the Chicago Mayor, Ram Emanuel and police stations, authorities said.

The three men -- Brian Church (22) from Florida, Jared Chase (27) from New Hampshire and Brent Betterly (24) who told police that he is from Massachusetts, were produced before a court yesterday. An Illinois judge set bails for each of the three suspect of USD 1.5 million.

The three were charged with material support for terrorism; conspiracy to commit terrorism; and possession of explosives or explosive or incendiary devices.

According to prosecutors, the investigation began in early May, and revealed that the defendants are self-proclaimed anarchists, and members of the "Black Bloc" group, who travelled together from Florida to the Chicago area in preparation for committing terrorist acts of violence and destruction directed against different targets in protest to the NATO Summit.

Specifically, according to prosecutors, plans were made to destroy police cars and attack four Chicago Police district stations with destructive devices, in an effort to undermine the police response to the conspirators` other planned actions for the NATO Summit.


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First Published: Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 13:30

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