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Jihadi Bomb Plot Foiled in Kansas

Apr. 10, 2015

On the day Fort Hood victims received their Purple Hearts, CBS News reports on the latest attempted jihad against the U.S. military on American soil: “A 20-year-old man has been charged with planning a suicide bomb attack against the Fort Riley military base in Kansas, in an alleged plot to support the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), federal prosecutors said Friday. John T. Booker, of Topeka, was arrested Friday morning while trying to arm what he thought what a 1,000-pound bomb inside a van near the base, according to court documents.” Booker also goes by the name Mohammed Abdullah Hassan, which might give a clue as to his motive. He didn’t exactly keep it a secret, though, posting on Facebook last year, “I will soon be leaving you forever so goodbye! I’m going to wage jihad and hopes that i [sic] die.” He’s also merely one in a series of would-be ISIL jihadis foiled in their attempts to attack America. More…

Update: The New York Times reports, “Later Friday, the authorities arrested a second man, Alexander E. Blair, 28, from Topeka, who they said shared Mr. Booker’s extremist views, knew about his plot and gave him money to rent a storage locker. Mr. Blair was charged with failing to report a felony.”

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