Court documents reveal that three George Mason University (GMU) students were arrested last week after police found bomb-making materials in their dorm room during a raid.
One of the students was charged for possession of the bomb-making materials, while the other two were arrested on alcohol and drug-related charges.
AP reported that, “police found a leafy green substance, match books, shaved match heads, a mortar and pedestal, lighter fluid, hand sanitizer candles and a PVC pipe.”
GMU is located in Northern Virginia, where there has been a notable uptick in radical activity among youths. In nearby Prince William County, 17-year-old Ali Shukri Amin pled guilty last July to “conspiring to provide material support to terrorists” when he helped ISIS recruit another teen to go to Syria.
Other reports have shown a concerted effort by ISIS to engage teenage Americans. One paper by George Washington University identified Virginia as a hotspot for these recruiting efforts. While we know very little about the motive and identity of these GMU students, this trend is worth noting as the investigation develops.
Here is further on-site reporting by the local NBC affiliate:
Police are investigating explosive materials found in a George Mason University dorm room. David Culver reports on News4 at 6. http://nbc4dc.com/VutJ0N3Posted by NBC Washington on Monday, March 21, 2016