Second man charged in plot to bomb Kansas army base for Islamic State

Second man charged in plot to bomb Kansas army base for Islamic State

A second man was charged Friday in an alleged plot to set off a car bomb at an Army installation in Kansas on behalf of the terror group ISIS, federal prosecutors said.

Alexander E. Blair, 28, of Topeka, was charged with one count of failing to report a felony. The charge carries up to three years in prison.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Kansas said Blair knew John T. Booker Jr. planned to blow up a bomb at Fort Riley in an attempt to “kill as many soldiers as possible” and didn’t tell authorities.

Booker, 20, was arrested Friday morning after he tried to connect wires to what he thought was a bomb inside a van at near a gate at Fort Riley, according to a criminal complaint. The “bomb” was constructed by an undercover FBI agent, and contained inert materials that could not have exploded, the government said.

Booker was charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempting to damage property by means of an explosive and one count of attempting to provide material support to ISIS, the Justice Department said.

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