Buford Rogers Arrested as FBI Thwarts ‘Localized Terror Attack’
FBI agents raided the Minnesota home of a man who they claim was preparing to carry out a “localized terror attack.”
The Associated Press reports that Buford Rogers, 24, of Montevideo, was arrested Friday and charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
“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.
The FBI did not provide any details about Rogers’ alleged terror plot, or whether it believed he was acting alone or with a group. FBI sources described Rogers as a “militia type” to Pierre Thomas of ABC News.
In a Monday statement, the FBI claimed that “the lives of several local residents were potentially saved” by last week’s raid and arrest, and that “several guns and explosive devices were discovered” at Rogers’ home. A federal affidavit obtained by the AP stated that Molotov cocktails, pipe bombs and a Romanian AKM ‘assault’-style rifle were removed from Rogers’ residence in a Montevideo mobile home park.
“Cooperation between the FBI and its federal, state, and local partners enabled law enforcement to prevent a potential tragedy in Montevideo,” the statement read.
The AP reports that Rogers was convicted of felony burglary in 2011 and is not allowed to legally own firearms.