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Adams man arrested in connection to a terrorism plot

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An Adams man is under arrest for allegedly plotting to engage in terrorism on behalf of ISIL.  

This according to the U.S. Attorney's Office which reports they are moving for pretrial detention based on terrorist attack plans. 

Alexander Ciccolo, a.k.a., Ali Al Amriki, 23, has been charged with a being a felon in possession of firearms.   

"According to the complaint affidavit, on July 4, 2015, Ciccolo took delivery of four firearms which he had ordered from a person who was cooperating with members of the Western Massachusetts Joint Terrorism Task Force, and who had been communicating with Ciccolo about Ciccolo's plans to engage in a terrorist act," explained U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz.

As soon as Ciccolo took possession of the weapons he was arrested.   The firearms included a Colt AR-15 .223 caliber rifle, a SigArms Model SG550-1, 556 caliber rifle, a Glock 17-9mm pistol, and a Glock 20-10 mm pistol.   

"Ciccolo had previously been convicted of a crime punishable by more than a year in jail and therefore was prohibited from possessing firearms," noted Ortiz.

 It is alleged that Ciccolo is a supporter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization.  

"According to the affidavit, Ciccolo had spoken with a cooperating witness in recorded conversations about his plans to commit acts of terrorism inspired by ISIL, including setting off improvised explosive devices, such as pressure cookers filled with black powder, nails, ball bearings and glass, in places where large numbers of people congregate, like college cafeterias," explained Ortiz.

According to authorities, before they arrested Ciccolo they "observed" him purchase a pressure cooker similar to that used in the Boston Marathon bombings.  

Agents conducting a search of his apartment found several partially constructed "Molotov cocktails" and they contained what appeared to be shredded Styrofoam soaking in motor oil.  

"Ciccolo had previously stated that this mixture would cause the fire from the exploded devices to stick to people's skin and make it harder to put the fire out," said Ortiz.

A detention hearing has been scheduled for July 14 at 3:30 p.m. in U.S. District Court in Springfield. 

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