The FBI thwarted a potential Christmas terror attack in San Francisco, according to reports.
A man was charged with planning an attack in the city following an undercover investigation, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Everitt Aaron Jameson, 26, a tow-truck driver and former US Marine, was charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organisation, the Islamic State.
An FBI affidavit filed in court said: “Jameson has espoused radical jihadi beliefs, including authoring social media posts that are supportive of terrorism, communicating with people he believes share his jihadi views, and offering to provide services to such people, including in the form of his presumably employer-provided tow truck in service of the ’cause’.”
Jameson was accused of naming Pier 39, a popular area of San Francisco, as a possible target during communications with an undercover FBI agent posing as an extremist.
He was accused of asking the undercover agent for an assault rifle and equipment for a pipe bomb.
He allegedly said that “Christmas was the perfect day” for an attack, according to local media reports.
Jameson has been discharged from the US Marines for failing to disclose a history of asthma.
During his time in the military he earned a marksmanship qualification, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.