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U.S. Capitol bomb plot suspect ordered held

A Virginia man charged in an alleged plot to carry out a suicide bombing at the U.S. Capitol will be held in jail pending possible indictment after waiving his right to a hearing Wednesday.

Amine El Khalifi, of Alexandria, considered attacking targets including a synagogue, an Alexandria building with military offices and a Washington restaurant frequented by military officials over more than a year, officials have said.

Another hearing has not yet been scheduled. Magistrate Judge John A. Anderson presided over the Wednesday afternoon hearing in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, where El Khalifi, 29, was represented by public defenders.

Authorities said said Khalifi had been the subject of a lengthy investigation and never posed a threat to the public. On Friday afternoon, he made an initial court appearance, where he was charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction against federal property.

He faces life in prison if convicted.

Read more: The Post’s crime coverage


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