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The bombings in Boston are not likely to be the last such attempt to attack the U. Of the 60 plots, 49 could be considered homegrown terror plots.This means that one or more of the actors were American citizens, legal permanent residents, or visitors radicalized predominately in the United States. In each of these plots, the number one target was military facilities, followed closely by targets in New York City. A British citizen and self-professed follower of Osama bin Laden who trained in Afghanistan, Richard Reid hid explosives inside his shoes before boarding a flight from Paris to Miami on which he attempted to light the fuse with a match.
The brazen terrorist attack killed three people, injured and maimed hundreds more, and shocked the nation.The third most common target was mass gatherings, like the Boston Marathon, nightclubs and bars, and shopping malls. Reid was caught in the act and apprehended aboard the plane by passengers and flight attendants. officials arrested Jose Padilla in May 2002 at Chicago’s O’Hare airport as he returned to the United States from Pakistan, where he met with 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and received al-Qaeda training and instructions. Upon his arrest, he was initially charged as an enemy combatant, and for planning to use a dirty bomb (an explosive laced with radioactive material) in an attack in the U.