FBI nabs Police Officer’s son for terrorist links


Boston: The son of a Boston police captain has been arrested in an FBI sting and accused of plotting to commit terrorist acts in support of the Islamic State militant group, including the setting off of pressure-cooker bombs at an unidentified university and the killing of students live online.Alexander Ciccolo’s father alerted authorities last fall that the younger man had a long history of mental illness and was talking about joining Islamic State, according to two law enforcement officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release details.

Ciccolo, 23, of Adams, Mass., was accused of illegal possession of a firearm for receiving four guns July 4 from a person cooperating with the Western Massachusetts Joint Terrorism Task Force, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Monday. Because of a drunk driving conviction, Ciccolo was barred from possessing a gun.Ciccolo’s father, Robert Ciccolo, is a 27-year veteran of the Boston police.

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“While we were saddened and disappointed to learn of our son’s intentions, we are grateful that authorities were able to prevent any loss of life or harm to others,” Alexander Ciccolo’s parents said in a statement.Ciccolo initially talked about killing civilians, police officers and members of the U.S. military, but later said he instead wanted to attack a state university outside Massachusetts because more people would be at a school, according to the FBI. The FBI said the attack would include executions of students broadcast live online.