FBI: Local 'terror attack' thwarted in Minn. town
MINNEAPOLIS -- The FBI believes authorities disrupted a terrorism attack that was being planned in a small western Minnesota city after converging on a mobile home that contained Molotov cocktails, suspected pipe bombs and firearms, the agency said Monday.
Buford Rogers, 24, of Montevideo, was arrested Friday and charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Appearing in court Monday, he was appointed a federal defender, but an attorney was not immediately assigned to his case.
"The FBI believed there was a terror attack in its planning stages, and we believe there would have been a localized terror attack, and that's why law enforcement moved quickly to execute the search warrant on Friday to arrest Mr. Rogers," FBI spokesman Kyle Loven said Monday.
Rogers appeared in court wearing a construction company T-shirt, jeans and work boots. He answered "yes, sir" and "no, sir" to questions from U.S. Magistrate Tony Leung.
Leung ordered Rogers held pending a detention hearing Wednesday.
Loven declined to elaborate about the location of the alleged target, other than to say it was believed to be in Montevideo, a city of about 5,000 people about 130 miles west of Minneapolis. He also declined to say whether Rogers was believed to be acting alone or as part of a group, or if other arrests were expected.
"This is a very active investigation," he said. He added that so far, authorities are "looking at this from a domestic terrorism standpoint."
The FBI said the alleged terror plot was discovered through analysis of intelligence gathered by local, state and federal authorities.
Rogers has a past conviction for felony burglary and is not allowed to have a firearm.