California man guilty of plotting to bomb far-right rally

A United States army veteran who converted to Islam was found guilty of plotting to bomb a white supremacist rally in California and could be sentenced to life in prison, the US Justice Department says.

Mark Steven Domingo, 28, intended to explode two home-made bombs packed with long nails at the planned rally in Long Beach in April 2019.

He was detected early on by the FBI and, prior to his arrest, undercover officers made sure that the bombs would not function as planned, the department said.

In postings to a private online group, he said the US “needs” another mass shooting “that would give them the taste of terror they gladly spread all over the world.”

“There were mosque shootings in New Zealand. There must be retribution,” Domingo wrote in one posting. He weighed attacks on Jewish people, churches and police officers, before settling on the white supremacist rally, according to the Justice Department.

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