A terrorist bombing didn't go according to plans over in Oakland on Thursday night. Matthew Aaron Llaneza, 28, of San Jose was taken into custody near a Bank of America building at 303 Hegenberger Road "after pressing a cell-phone trigger device that was supposed to detonate the explosives inside an SUV and bring down the building."
According to the FBI, Llaneza is a staunch supporter of the Taliban and wanted to engage in violent jihad that would cause a civil war. The Chronicle has more: "In the Nov. 30 meeting with an agent who posed as someone connected to the Taliban in Afghanistan, Llaneza said he wanted the bank bombing to be blamed on anti-U.S. government militias, triggering a government crackdown, a right-wing response and a civil war."
Llaneza 's accomplice was an undercover FBI agent "who had been meeting with him since Nov. 30." The FBI has built the fake bomb he used to try blowing up the building.
The suspect, born in Mesa, Arizona, has family in San Jose. We'll update with more information as it comes in.