BOSTON — A New Jersey man is facing federal charges for allegedly scouting potential terror targets including several landmarks in Boston.
Federal prosecutors say 42-year-old Alexei Saab of Morristown, New Jersey was a scout of the militant group Hezbollah and was looking at locations in Boston, New York, and Washington D.C. "in order to help the foreign terrorist organization prepare for potential future attacks."
Federal prosecutors say Saab was sending information about the locations back to the terrorist group's leaders in Lebanon.
Boston's Fenway Park, Prudential Center, and Faneuil Hall were among the alleged targets.
The charges were unveiled Thursday afternoon in a complaint that has been sealed since July when Saab was arrested.
The government says Saab was a Hezbollah member since 1996 and has extensive training in weapons and military tactics, including how to build and set off bombs.
Saab faces charges of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization, as well as a variety of conspiracy and other charges in a nine-count indictment returned Thursday.
The 42-year-old legally entered the U.S. in 2000 with a Lebanese passport. In 2008, he became a naturalized citizen.
Other locations the feds say he has scouted were the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, and the Washington Monument, as well as airports, tunnels, and bridges.
The FBI Boston Division tells Boston 25 News the photos acquired were taken before 2006:
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh told us Thursday that there is no credible threat and Boston has had increased security since news came out in 2017 that the Las Vegas shooter who killed nearly 60 people at a concert had researched locations in Boston.
The Boston Police Department reiterated that they are not aware of any credible threats at this time:
Mass. State Police say they have been in close communication with the FBI and Boston Police:
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