The Department of Justice arrested and charged two American Muslims who conspired to kill US soldiers at a processing center for military recruits in Seattle. The men were identified as Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif and Walli Mujahidh. A third man, who acted as a paid informant for the FBI, was not identified. They planned on carrying out an armed attack on soldiers at a military center, just as Major Nidal Hassan did at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009. So far, no links to external terror groups have been ascertained. From Reuters:
Abdul-Latif mentioned the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, where an Army major is accused of killing 13 people, noting that “if one person could kill so many people, three attackers could kill many more,” the informant told authorities, according to the criminal complaint…
The two men originally planned to attack the Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state but then switched targets to the place where military enlistees are screened and processed, according to prosecutors.
Abdul-Latif developed an extensive plan of attack on the military centre, three miles south of downtown Seattle, and noted he wanted to attack people in the military, not civilians, the complaint said. He expressed little concern about dying in the planned assault, it added.
“Abdul-Latif explained that, in his view, murdering American soldiers was justifiable,” the affidavit said. The two were provided weapons that were brought by the informant but had been rendered inoperable by law enforcement authorities.
Abdul-Latif provided the informant with $800 in cash to help buy the weapons and arranged to buy a bus ticket for Mujahidh to travel from Los Angeles to Seattle to participate in the attack, prosecutors said.
After being arrested, Mujahidh waived his legal rights and told FBI agents that the plot was to prevent US military personnel from going to Islamic lands and killing Muslims, the affidavit said.
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