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Man arrested after he allegedly tries to bomb an Oakland bank

February 10, 2013 |  1:02 pm

A 28-year-old man was arrested Friday in Oakland after he allegedly tried to detonate a vehicle-borne explosive device at a bank, authorities said.

Matthew Aaron Llaneza, a resident of San Jose, allegedly selected a Bank of America branch as the site for an intended terrorist attack, but he was thwarted by a sting operation that rendered the device impotent, authorities said.

On Nov. 30, Llaneza met with a man who led him to believe he was connected with the Taliban and the mujahidin in Afghanistan. The man was actually an undercover FBI agent who monitored Llaneza closely over subsequent months, according to the federal complaint against him.

Llaneza was charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction against property used in an activity that affects interstate or foreign commerce.


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