Milwaukee man charged with weapons possession, planned mass shooting: U.S. officials

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Posted: Jan 26, 2016 5:47 PM

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A Milwaukee man who authorities said was planning to kill dozens of people in a mass shooting at a Masonic temple has been arrested and charged with possession of two machine guns and a silencer, federal officials said on Tuesday.

Samy Mohamed Hamzeh, 23, told two undercover FBI agents he planned to carry out the shooting at a Masonic temple in Milwaukee in an attack that would be "known the world over" and in order to "ignite broader clashes," the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement.

(Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Peter Cooney)