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Gregory Arthur Weiler II
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Gregory Arthur Weiler II

Illinois man faces terrorism charge in Oklahoma bomb plot

Terrorism

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP)—An Illinois man faces terrorism charges in Oklahoma where police say he was assembling Molotov cocktails as part of a plot to blow up dozens of churches.

An affidavit filed Friday in Ottawa County District Court says 23-year-old Gregory Arthur Weiler II of Elk Grove Village, Ill., was arrested Thursday at a motel, where police found bomb-making materials along with torn bits of paper with directions for making Molotov cocktails.

The affidavit says when officers patched the pieces of paper together, they also found a list of 48 local churches, a hand-drawn map of the churches grouped and circled, and a written outline of Weiler's plan to plant bombs.

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Weiler was charged Friday with threatening to use an explosive or incendiary device and is being held without bond.

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