Terror plot broken up in Milwaukee

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Samy Mohamed Hamzeh, 23, of Milwaukee, told secret FBI informants that "We will eliminate everyone." (WLS)

A 23-year-old man planning a machine gun attack on a Masonic Temple in downtown Milwaukee has been arrested, FBI officials said Tuesday.

Federal law enforcement agents said Samy Mohamed Hamzeh told secret FBI informants that "We will eliminate everyone" once inside one of Milwaukee's grandest cultural landmarks -- the Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center.

According to the federal complaint, Hamzeh had originally planned to attack Israelis in the West Bank, but dropped those plans because of logistical problems and focused on leading an attack on a target at home in Milwaukee.


The Masonic Temple is more than one hundred years old and a popular wedding venue.

According to newly filed federal documents, Hamzeh told a cooperating FBI source:

-- "We want two machineguns ... and we need three silencers."
-- "One of us will stay at the door at the entrance and lock the door down ... they will enter the room, and spray everyone in the room."
-- "We will shoot them, kill them and get out ... he has to annihilate everyone ... there is no one left, I mean when we go into a room, we will be killing everyone ... that's it, this is our duty."

It is unclear which terror group -- if any -- sanctioned the plot.

Authorities said Hamzeh was intent on defending his Muslim religion and defending Islam in the U.S and blamed Masonic Temple members for "playing with the world," adding that he wanted global attention.

The feds said Hamzeh is heard on undercover recordings stating how many Americans he wanted to shoot and kill in Milwaukee.

"Thirty is excellent" he allegedly said. They "will know that nobody can play with Muslims."

Investigators said Hamzeh planned to scare Americans with his attack and prompt other jihadists to wage Holy War.

He was arrested on Monday after agents said he paid for and took possession of the machine guns from undercover operatives.

Hamzeh apparently came to the U.S. from the West Bank about six years ago and lived for a time with his parents in Milwaukee.

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