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Moroccan charged with attempted Capitol Hill bombing

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A Moroccan man who was arrested near the Capitol building in Washington allegedly wearing what he believed was a vest laden with explosives has been charged with attempting a suicide attack. 
 
Prosecutors have told a federal court Amine El Khalifi had been supplied with the fake bomb by FBI agents posing as al-Qaeda members. He was arrested on his way to Capitol Hill on Friday, it is claimed. 
 
Analysts say the case highlights the internal threat in the US.  
 
Richard Clark, a former senior federal security official said: “even if al-Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan are destroyed, there is still a group of people in the United States who spontaneously can become terrorists without any real communications connection to al-Qaeda.”
 
Agents had reportedly been monitoring El Khalifi, an illegal immigrant, for more than a year.  He has been in the US since 1999 and living undetected in Virginia.  It is also claimed he had carried out several test runs before the attempted attack.