I was reading the news today and found this article at usatoday.com.
I live 2 1/2 hours from Columbus and am down there all the time, I was just there on Friday and again Yesterday as a matter of fact.
I guess we're not safe anywhere.
Man charged in plot to blow up Ohio mall
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Somali native living in Ohio has been charged with plotting with other al-Qaeda operatives to blow up a Columbus-area shopping
mall, according to an indictment unsealed Monday.
The four-count indictment, returned by a grand jury in Columbus, Ohio, charges that Nuradin Abdi, 32, conspired with admitted al-Qaeda member Iyman
Faris and others to detonate a bomb at the unidentified shopping mall after he obtained military-style training in Ethiopia.
Abdi is also charged with fraud and misuse of documents by claiming that he had been granted valid asylum status in the United States. In fact,
prosecutors say, he obtained that refugee document under false pretenses.
There also is one count each of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and conspiracy to provide material support to a designated
foreign terrorist organization, in this case al-Qaeda.
One of the immigration charges contends that Abdi concealed his true destination when he applied on April 27, 1999, for a U.S. travel document. He
said he was going to Germany and Saudi Arabia to visit Mecca and relatives.
In fact, "as the defendant well knew, he planned to travel to Ogaden, Ethiopia, for the purpose of obtaining military-style training in preparation
for violent Jihad," the indictment says.
The training allegedly included use of guns, bombs and guerrilla warfare.
This is the first I've heard of this guy and his case. Or at least I don't remember hearing about it.
[edit on 14-6-2004 by Banshee]