BOSTON – A New Jersey man faces nine federal charges for allegedly scouting several Boston landmarks in an effort to aid and abet a foreign terrorist organization, according to Boston 25 News.
Alexei Saab, 42, of Morristown, New Jersey is said to have been scouting locations in Boston as well as New York and Washington, D.C. to gain information for potential future terrorist attacks.
Saab is said to have taken photos and collected data on Fenway Park, Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, the Prudential Center and more, per Mass Live.
Details of Saab’s activity are now being disclosed following his arrest back in July.
A naturalized citizen since 2008, Saab came to the United States back in 2000 and has been training ever since, educating himself on weapons and military tactics.
Per the FBI Boston Division, the photos were taken before 2006. In a statement to Boston 25, the division wrote:
"We're going to decline comment on this specific case as it's now a pending matter before the Southern District of NY. However, the unsealed court documents reveal an alleged nexus to Boston."
“Law enforcement officials in Massachusetts, to include the Boston Police Department have been briefed on this alleged nexus. It should be noted that photographs acquired during the investigation were taken prior to 2006 and are not a result of specific tasking by Hezbollah."
"We were not aware of any specific or credible threats to the City of Boston during the time the photos were taken as it relates to this matter. Additionally, we currently are not aware of any specific or credible threats to the City of Boston.”
Both the Boston Police and Mayor Marty Walsh have also commented, sharing that there is currently no threat to the city of Boston.
"The Boston Police Department has been working closely with our law enforcement partners to ensure the continued safety of the residents of the City of Boston."
"The Boston Police Department has been briefed by the FBI and we have subsequently notified the properties impacted by the information revealed within these indictments, as well as the respective security teams of these findings."
"Along with the FBI, the Boston Police Department wants to reiterate that there were no active or credible threats at the time the photos were taken, and we are currently not aware of any active or credible threats at this time."
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