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Syrian man arrested after allegedly planning bombing on Pittsburgh church

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A resident of Pittsburgh was arrested Wednesday following a federal complaint alleging that he was planning to bomb a church.

According to the release from the U.S. Department of Justice, 21-year-old Mustafa Mousab Alowemer is facing one count of attempting to provide material support to ISIS, and two counts of distributing information relating to an explosive. destructive device or weapon of mass destruction.

The release says that Alowemer, who is Syrian, plotted to bomb a christian church on the North Side of Pittsburgh.

The U.S. D.O.J. says that Alowemer said that his motivation was to "support the cause of ISIS and to inspire other ISIS supporters."

According to information from the FBI, Alowemer was born in Daraa, Syria and was admitted to the U.S. in 2016.

The release says that Alowemer bought items that he believed were necessary to build a destruction device in June 2019.

Alowemer used social networking platforms to communicate with a person he believed was an ISIS supporter and created a video of himself pledging an oath of allegiance to the leader of ISIS.

An undercover FBI informant met with Alowemer four times in person between April and June, leading to his arrest.

Alowemer allegedly provided the undercover informant with detailed maps of arrival and escape routes and expressed a desire to meet with the informant prior to the attempted bombing in July 2019.

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