The FBI has arrested a 15-year-old boy near Philadelphia for allegedly threatening an attack on Pope Francis inspired by the Islamic State group.
“The minor was inspired by [ISIS] and sought to conduct a detailed homeland attack which included multiple attackers, firearms, and multiple explosives, targeting a foreign dignitary at a high-profile event,” said a joint intelligence bulletin by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security issued last month.
Now, ABC News has learned that the “dignitary” was in fact Pope Francis, and the attack was scheduled to take place during his upcoming tours of the United States next week.
Additionally, the teen was likely the person referred to by House Homeland Security Committee chairman Mike McCaul when he said Sunday that U.S. authorities “have disrupted one particular case” involving threats against the Pope.
“The minor obtained explosives instructions and further disseminated these instructions through social media,” the joint intelligence bulletin said.