FBI says it foiled Minn. terror plot

MINNEAPOLIS — The FBI believes it disrupted planning for a terrorist attack in a small western Minnesota city after agents converged on a mobile home that contained Molotov cocktails, suspected pipe bombs, and firearms, the bureau said Monday.

Buford Rogers, 24, was arrested Friday and charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

‘‘The FBI believed there was a terror attack in its planning stages, and we believe there would have been a localized terror attack, spokesman Kyle Loven said.


US Magistrate Tony Leung ordered Rogers held pending a detention hearing Wednesday.

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Loven declined to elaborate on the alleged target, other than to say it was believed to be in Montevideo, a city of about 5,000 people. He declined to say whether Rogers was believed to be acting alone or if other arrests are expected.

‘‘This is a very active investigation,’’ he said. He added that at this point, authorities are ‘‘looking at this from a domestic terrorism standpoint.’’

‘‘We had information which indicated that Mr. Rogers was involved in a plot to conduct terror activities in and around the Montevideo area,’’ Loven said.