Prosecutor: Man wanted to bomb Harvard University

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Associated Press

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 24 at 1:33 PM

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A prosecutor says a Moroccan man made repeated statements about wanting to bomb Harvard University and Homeland Security offices in Hartford, Connecticut.

Prosecutor Krishna Patel says El Mehdi Semlali Fathi made the statements, calling them "aspirational" bomb attacks. Authorities have previously said Fathi expressed interest in using remote-controlled toy airplanes to bomb a school and a federal building, but named his alleged targets for the first time Thursday.

The U.S. Attorney's office also said Thursday that Fathi is not expected to be charged with any terrorism offenses based on the investigation.

His attorney, public defender Paul Thomas, declined to comment on the alleged statements.

Fathi plead guilty Thursday to perjury in connection with his refugee application, admitting he falsely claimed he was arrested and beaten by Moroccan authorities.

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