DOJ: Somali immigrant caught plotting terrorist act against U.S.

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The DOJ has convicted an immigrant from Somalia who was plotting an attack on American soil, according to a press release issued by the United States Department of Justice.

Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, 25, was living in Columbus, Ohio as a naturalized citizen before he began training to be a terrorist. Then in 2014, Mohamud obtained a U.S. passport and traveled to Greece. During a layover in Istanbul, Mohamuud traded his Greek expedition for trip to Syria to be trained by an al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist organization called al-Nusrah Front.

When Mohamud returned to the U.S., the DOJ says he began plotting to get weapons to kill. His goal was to “kill military officers or other government employees or people in uniform.” According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI), Mohamud was researching which places in the U.S. he would carry out his plans.

According to court records unsealed last week, Mohamud pleaded guilty to all counts alleged against him regarding a terrorist plot. The DOJ announcement reveals that Mohamud was charged with the following:

  • one count of attempting to provide and providing material support to terrorists,
  • one count of attempting to provide and providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization
  • one count of making false statements to the FBI involving international terrorism in an indictment returned in Columbus.

Mohamud pleaded guilty and admitted to traveling overseas, providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, and receiving training from terrorists. He also admitted to returning to the United States and planning to conduct an attack on American soil.

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