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Son of Boston police captain charged in alleged terror plot

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BOSTON (AP) -- Authorities say the son of a Boston police captain plotted to detonate pressure-cooker bombs at an unidentified university in a terrorist act aimed at supporting the Islamic State group.

The FBI says 23-year-old Alexander Ciccolo talked with a cooperating witness in recorded conversations about his plans.

Ciccolo was arrested July 4 after he received four guns he ordered from the witness, who was working with terrorism investigators.

Two law enforcement officials told The Associated Press that Ciccolo's father, Capt. Robert Ciccolo, alerted the FBI last fall that his son had a long history of mental illness and was talking about joining the Islamic State. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to release details.

Ciccolo's bail hearing is Tuesday in federal court in Springfield.

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