The U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday, a naturalized U.S. citizen traveled to Syria for training and wanted to return home to kill Americans — particularly U.S. soldiers, execution style. A federal grand jury in Ohio charged Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, 23, of Columbus, with providing material support to terrorists and lying to the FBI. Mohamud told someone that he wanted to target U.S. armed forces, police officers or other people in uniform, the indictment alleges, adding that “Mohamud’s plan was to attack a military facility, and his backup plan was to attack a prison.”
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An Ohio man trained with Islamic militants abroad and came to the U.S. hoping to carry out a deadly assignment – the latest potential terrorist wannabe to be nabbed by federal authorities.
Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, 23, trained in Syria with weapons and explosives, hand-to-hand combat and breaking into houses. He then was instructed by a cleric in the terror organization to return to the United States and commit an act of mass destruction, the indictment said.
Authorities say Mohamud is one of several anti-American terrorist hopefuls who came to the U.S. with a murderous mission. In the last year alone, dozens of Americans have sought to join the Islamic State.
The indictment, handed down by a federal grand jury in Columbus references several “private conversations” between Mohamud and his brother, Abdifatah Aden, that discuss Mohamud’s plans to join a terrorist group. His brother had already joined al-Qaeda linked Jabhat al-Nusra, the indictment says.
“Identifying and neutralizing the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters who return to the United States is one of the National Security Division’s highest priorities,” Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin said in a statement.
Mohamud is the second Ohio man to be arrested this year in connection with a wannabe plot. Christopher Cornell, an alleged ISIS sympathizer from Green Township, Ohio, was arrested after buying two semiautomatic rifles and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. Cornell told an FBI source that he wanted to stage an attack on government buildings in Washington.
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