FBI foils 911-style terror plot by Kenyan man at the direction of al-Shabab jihadists

Federal prosecutors say they foiled a plot by a Kenyan national who allegedly planned a 911-style terror attack at the direction of the al-Shabab jihadist group.

Cholo Abdi Abdullah was arrested in the Philippines in July 2019 but the federal indictment against him was unsealed on Wednesday a day after he arrived in Manhattan, New York, on Tuesday for prosecution.

Al-Shabab is an affiliate of al-Qaeda and has been blamed for numerous bloody attacks in East Africa.

Prosecutors allege that Abdullah received pilot training in order to attempt a terror plot to hijack a commercial airliner and fly it into a tall building of a major U.S. city. The city in the alleged plot was not identified.

“I plead not guilty to all the counts,” Abdullah said at his arraignment.

The indictment further claims that Abdullah was allegedly under order from senior al-Shabaab leaders, that he obtained a pilot’s license in the Philippines for the attack, and that he was in the process of seeking a U.S. visa. At the time of his arrest in the Philippines, local news reports said that he allegedly had in his possession a homemade bomb and a grenade.

Prosecutors filed 6 terror-related charges against Abdullah. He faces a minimum sentence of 20 years in prison if found guilty, but could receive a life sentence for the charges.

“This chilling callback to the horrific attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, is a stark reminder that terrorist groups like al-Shabaab remain committed to killing U.S. citizens and attacking the United States,” said acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss in statement.

In 2013 the al-Shabab terror group called on all Muslims living in the West to launch terror attacks on non-Muslims.

Here’s a local news report about the alleged terror plot:

7 thoughts on “FBI foils 911-style terror plot by Kenyan man at the direction of al-Shabab jihadists

  1. Send him to Cuba and interrogate him there IF they think there is any information he has that he hasn’t already given up. If the interrogations are over for him, try him and publicly execute him and send the films to Al-Quada to let them know what will happen to them should they try anything like this.

  2. Ever think he may be telling truth? The lead was to a KENYAN! But it couldn’t have been Hussein he loves himself too much.

  3. The demonRats launched a terror attack against the American electorial system. Far more devastating than taking down any building. Where are the arrests and prosecutions ?

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