BOSTON (CBS) – An accused terrorist arrested in a plot to bomb a military recruiting center in Maryland has ties to Massachusetts.

Antonio Martinez’s wife attends Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, and court documents show that she supported his jihad fight.

Martinez, a naturalized U.S. citizen who recently converted to Islam, tried to blow up the recruiting center, but didn’t know the explosives he was planting were fake. It was all part of an FBI sting operation.

His wife is identified as Naimah Ismail-Hussain, a student and employee at Pine Manor.

WBZ-TV’s Sera Congi reports

According to court documents, the 21-year-old Martinez thought of nothing but jihad. He went to an armed services recruiting center in Maryland with what he thought was a car bomb. That’s when the FBI took him into custody.

When planning the attack, Martinez told undercover agents he believed the military is waging a war against Islam, and his wife allegedly supported his efforts.

An informant told the FBI that Martinez said “my wife understands. I told her I want to fight jihad. She said she doesn’t want to stop me.”

Federal authorities say Martinez was carefully monitored for months and there was never any danger to the public.

Martinez’s wife is not in custody.

Comments (3)
  1. Ellen says:

    Why then do we let these people into this country to begin with? Hello lets have common sense here and yes stop all this immigration from that part of the world. I don’t care if it’s called racism or not, better that then another Twin Towers.

    1. Hanna says:

      If you are a Native American, I believe you have a point. Otherwise, you are just one of them.

  2. Carla says:

    First of all Ellen your an idiot because he is not even from a country practicing islam and it is caled RACISM and you should care. Your type of thinking is whats keeping this country back. Honestly be a little open minded and start realizing that there are bad people from every race creed religion orientation nationality and sex. Im sure if this was a Irish male, everyone would just look at him as an individual and not jude or make preconcieved notions of Ireland as a whole. Grow up.

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