Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles, US. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

A Filipino-American US Army veteran was arrested for allegedly planning to detonate a bomb in a public place in Southern California.

Mark Steven Domingo, 26, a former US Army infantryman who served in Afghanistan, was taken into custody on Friday on domestic terrorism charges. Domingo allegedly plotted to detonate an improvised explosive device (IED) on the Santa Monica Pier, ABC7 News reported.

Officials said that Domingo planned and took steps to use a weapon in order to commit mass murder. Investigations showed that Domingo had online posts and conversations expressing support for a violent Jihad and an aspiration to conduct an attack in the Los Angeles area.

US Attorney Nicola Hanna said Domingo allegedly bought several hundred nails that were to be used as shrapnel inside the IED. Authorities seized three rifles and ammunition during a search of Domingo’s home and vehicle.

“At times, Mr. Domingo said he wanted to kill Jews as they walked to synagogue. At other times, he said he wanted to kill and target police officers, attack a military facility or attack crowds at the Santa Monica Pier,” Hanna said.

If convicted, Domingo could face a maximum jail term of 15 years in federal prison.

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