A Topeka man was arrested Friday morning and charged in federal court with attempting to detonate a suicide bomb at the Fort Riley military base.
John T. Booker Jr., 20, is charged with one count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, one count of attempting to damage property by means of an explosive and one count of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State, according to a federal indictment unsealed late Friday morning.
Booker met with a Federal Bureau of Investigations informant Friday morning near Junction City, believing the person would help him in his plot to attack Fort Riley. Booker and the informant met another FBI informant who explained the function of an alleged car bomb Booker was to detonate Friday at the base.
Booker and an informant then drove the device, referred to as a vehicle borne improvised explosive device, or VBIED, in the federal indictment, to an area near Fort Riley that Booker believed would allow him to enter the base undetected “and kill as many soldiers as possible,” federal prosecutors allege.