The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Minneapolis division announced Monday it believes a terrorist attack was disrupted when local and federal authorities arrested Buford Rogers, 24, in a Friday raid.
Agents discovered "gun and explosive devices" at Rogers's Montevideo, Minn., residence, according to the FBI.
"The FBI believes that a terror attack was disrupted by law enforcement personnel and that the lives of several local residents were potentially saved. The terror plot was discovered and subsequently thwarted through the timely analysis of intelligence and through the cooperation and coordination between the aforementioned agencies," said the FBI's release.
FBI Special Agent in Charge J. Christopher Warrener said in a released statement that authorities were able "to prevent a potential tragedy in Montevideo."
Montevideo is a small town near Minnesota's border with South Dakota. Its population was just over 5,000 in 2010, according to data recorded by the U.S. Census bureau.
The Associated Press reported Saturday that police found Molotov cocktails, in addition to pipe bombs and a Romanian AKM assault rifle, during the Friday raid. Rogers reportedly admitted to shooting the gun, and was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Rogers was convicted of 3rd degree burglary in 2011 in neighboring Lac qui Parle County and sentenced to 58 days in jail and five years of probation, according to online records.