Thursday, April 16, 2015

Ohio Man Accused of Planning Terrorist Act; Trained in Syria, Returned to Kill Americans

An Ohio man was indicted today (April 16, 2015) on terrorism charges after officials say he trained with Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria and returned to the U.S. hoping to commit a terrorist act, according to the USA Today website.

Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, 23, faces charges of attempting to provide and providing material support to terrorists, attempting to provide and providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, and one count of making false statements to the FBI.

The indictment -- handed down by a federal grand jury in Columbus, Ohio -- references several "private conversations" between Mohamud and his brother Abdifatah Aden (who was killed in Syria in 2014 after joining a terrorist organization) that discuss Mohamud's plans to join a terrorist group.

According to the indictment, Mohamud was trained with weapons and explosives, hand-to-hand combat, and even breaking into houses. He was then instructed by a Muslim cleric in the organization to return to the United States and commit an act of terrorism, the indictment said.

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