Terrorism

Man wanted to help ISIS and spread terror in Bay Area, indictment alleges

Man wanted to help ISIS and spread terror in Bay Area, indictment alleges

He spoke of giving backpacks full of explosives to homeless people, federal authorities said. He talked about lacing cocaine with rat poison to distribute at nightclubs and setting fires to hills near Berkeley.

For months, undercover federal agents interacted with Amer Sinan Alhaggagi — swapping text messages, emails and phone calls in which the man expressed his wishes to do harm in the Bay Area. They met multiple times, court records show, to plan a potential terror attack. If it was carried out, officials said, Alhaggagi intended to flee to Mexico.

Now the 22-year-old Oakland man is facing up to 47 years in federal prison after a grand jury indictment in San Francisco ...

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