FBI arrests two bomb suspects in Ferguson ahead of grand jury decision

Protesters gather for a candlelight vigil over the Aug 9 police shooting of Michael Brown, outside the Ferguson Police Department in Ferguson, Missouri on Nov 21, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Protesters gather for a candlelight vigil over the Aug 9 police shooting of Michael Brown, outside the Ferguson Police Department in Ferguson, Missouri on Nov 21, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

FERGUSON (REUTERS) - Two men were arrested on suspicion of buying explosives which they planned to detonate during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, once a grand jury decides on whether to indict a white police officer for fatally shooting a black teenager.

The men were charged with federal firearms offences, a law enforcement official told Reuters.

Word of the arrests, reported by a number of media outlets on Friday, came ahead of the grand jury's decision on whether police officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug 9, should be indicted on criminal charges.