Cops in El Monte carried out a controlled explosion on the bag after Jihad Mufaddi Khalaf Haddadin claimed he had left a bomb outside their police station.
The 52-year-old told police he left a bomb in the backpack and reportedly made repeated references to “Jihad” Tuesday morning, according to Fox 11 News.
“Several officers that were working during that shift came out and confronted him,” El Monte police Captain Chris Williams told ABC 7 News.
“He was very cooperative, did exactly what we told him to do, but that backpack was concerning to us because we hadn’t looked inside of it.”
According to the sheriff’s department, the bomb squad quickly determined the backpack did not contain explosives and destroyed the bag.
It was later found to contain clothing, papers and some other personal items.
Haddadin is reportedly cooperating with the investigation, but has yet to disclose a motive.
The word “jihad” is an Islamic term referencing the struggle for maintaining religion.
Translating the NY Daily News’ Laurie Hanna: struggle = use of violence, maintaining religion = for Islam.