‘Bombshell’: FBI investigation finds Russian agents helped to plant fake bomb in banana plant

The FBI has discovered that Russian agents had access to a banana plant and planted a fake bomb inside it in a plot to attack the U.S. intelligence services, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Friday.

The complaint, unsealed in federal court in Alexandria, Va., describes a plot hatched by Russian intelligence to plant a fake explosive device on a banana plantation in South Africa, and then to deliver it to a local government.

The plot was developed in early 2017, the FBI said in a news release announcing the case.

The FBI alleges that a Russian intelligence officer in the U