Suspect in bomb plot to avenge New Zealand shootings kicked out of US Army
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Suspect in bomb plot to avenge New Zealand shootings kicked out of US Army

Mark Domingo, 26, was arrested Friday as he planned to bomb a white supremacist rally in California, and contemplated attacking Jewish targets and churches

This undated California Department of Motor Vehicles photo released by the US Department of Justice shows Mark Domingo, an army veteran who converted to Islam and allegedly planned to bomb a white supremacist rally in Southern California as retribution for the New Zealand mosque attacks in March. (US Department of Justice via AP)
This undated California Department of Motor Vehicles photo released by the US Department of Justice shows Mark Domingo, an army veteran who converted to Islam and allegedly planned to bomb a white supremacist rally in Southern California as retribution for the New Zealand mosque attacks in March. (US Department of Justice via AP)

LOS ANGELES — An Army veteran who converted to Islam and is accused of plotting terrorist attacks in California in retaliation for killings at New Zealand mosques was demoted and discharged from the military for a serious offense, a US official told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Mark Domingo violated the Uniform Code of Military Justice and was kicked out of the service before completing his enlistment contract, according to the official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about personnel issues and provided the information only on condition of anonymity.

Officials would not provide details on his offense.

Domingo, 26, was arrested Friday as he planned to plant bombs before a scheduled white supremacist rally in Long Beach, authorities say. He was charged with providing material support to terrorists and held without bail.

Court papers show that Domingo discussed with an informant different types of attacks that included targeting Jews, churches and police officers.

People gather in front of floral tributes at a makeshift memorial for victims of the March 15 mosque attacks, in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 17, 2019. (Tessa Burrows/AFP)

A former combat infantryman, he had recently become Muslim and discussed several plots over the past two months to kill scores of people in Southern California in revenge for last month’s attacks on two New Zealand mosques that left 50 people dead, federal prosecutors said.

The terror plot was foiled by the FBI and police using an undercover officer and informant, who Domingo thought were his accomplices.

Military records show Domingo served about 16 months in the Army, including a four-month stint in Afghanistan in fall 2012. He left with a rank of private, the lowest possible grade.

An Army photo of Domingo in Afghanistan in November 2012 identified him as private first class, which is two steps above his discharge ranking.

Domingo was given a general discharge, which is an administrative action a step below an honorable discharge, the official said.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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