According to the US Department of Justice, Rondell Henry, 28, was inspired by the Daesh terrorist group. Federal prosecutors said that Henry stole a U-Haul truck and planned to drive it into a crowd at the National Harbor, a convention and tourist destination just outside the nation's capital.
France has fallen victim to several terror attacks, responsibility for which has been claimed by Daesh. On 14 July 2016, a truck rammed into a large crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, killing 86 people. On July 26, two armed men took five people hostage at a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy, killing a priest.
* Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL) is a terrorist group banned in Russia and in many other countries.