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A Missouri native who said he wanted to participate in a terrorist attack that would cause many deaths and injuries is charged with helping plan a Presidents Day attack on buses, trains and a train station in Kansas City, federal officials said Tuesday.

The Justice Department said in a news release that Robert Lorenzo Hester Jr., a 25-year-old U.S. citizen from Columbia, Missouri, “was charged in a criminal complaint with attempting to provide material support” to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) -- a designated terrorist organization.

“Hester was charged in federal court based on his role in making preparations to launch a terrorist attack with persons he believed were associated with ISIS, who were actually undercover law enforcement personnel,” the Justice Department said.

Read more: CBS News

The Green party has accused the German security forces of being too slow to recognize the danger presented by the Reichsbürger movement, some of whose members have murdered police officers and been accused of planning terrorist attacks.

In an official answer to a parliamentary question submitted by the Green party and shown to DW on Tuesday, the German Interior Ministry admitted that domestic intelligence only began defining Reichsbürger attacks as politically-motivated (like far-right or Islamist attacks) in January this year, even though the movement's ideology has been known about for decades. That means the country's counter-terrorism forces have only just started collecting statistics on Reichsbürger crimes.

Read more: Deutsche Welle

The 50-year-old man was taken into custody in the nearby town of Ratingen, police said.  He was arrested shortly after the July, 2000 bombing, but was later released for lack of evidence tying him to the crime.

At the time, the former German army solider and known Neo-Nazi ran a military surplus shop in the area and was considered a gun fanatic.  The motive for the attack is believed to be related to xenophobia.  The pipe bomb targeting the Wehrhahn S-Bahn commuter train station in Düsseldorf injured 10, mostly Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union returning from German language classes in the area.  A pregnant woman also lost her baby.

Authorities reopened the case two years ago after using advanced DNA testing to examine a piece of railing the bomb was hung on.

Read more: Deutsche Welle

Quoting security sources on Wednesday, German daily "Tagespiegel" reported on Wednesday that almost 50 percent of all known right-wing extremists are prone to violence, according to statistics for 2016. It's an increase of 300 people compared to the report for 2015.

In all, some 23,000 right-wing extremists are currently known to authorities, 400 more than in 2015. Of them, 12,100 were classified as violence-prone in 2016 compared to 11,800 in 2015.

"Aggressiveness is still increasing," security experts told the paper, adding that refugees and Islam are being portrayed as the enemy. There is a "fomenting mass," which sees itself as an accomplice of the popular will.

Read more: Deutsche Welle

A man who as a teenager was seen on surveillance video proclaiming his commitment to jihad was sentenced on Tuesday to 13 years in prison despite his tearful pleas to a judge that he was a disillusioned and immature high school student at the time he plotted to join al-Qaida.  "I am not the monster that the government says I am," Justin Kaliebe told U.S. District Court Judge Denis Hurley before being sentenced. "I never intended to hurt anyone. That's not who I am."

Kaliebe, now 22 years old, also faces 20 years of post-release supervision.  The judge said Kaliebe's offense "is very serious."  "He was radicalized to the nth degree," the judge said. "He was a very dangerous individual. People who engage in this type of activity ... must recognize that serious consequences will follow."

Read more: ABC News