A 20-year-old man from Kansas named John T. Booker Jr. was indicted by a federal grand jury on Thursday for trying to execute a suicide attack at Fort Riley.
Booker told an FBI informant that he believes in jihad and wishes to kill Americans because the Quran “says to kill your enemies wherever they are,” as per the criminal complaint.
Booker faces charges of mass destruction, property damage and supporting a terrorist group. If Booker is found guilty, then he will be sentenced to life.
According to a court document, Booker was arrested while trying to place a bomb inside a van near an Army campus. The following day, another Topeka man, Alexander E. Blair, 28, was arrested by police upon learning he was aware of Booker’s plan. On Thursday, Alexander was released to his parents’ custody. He was charged with the offense of failing to inform authorities about a terrorist plot.
Blair’s mother, Jane, told the court she would take responsibility for her son.
“We never have any trouble with him doing what we ask of him when he is in our house,” she said.
Blair’s attorney, Christopher Joseph, said that his client would fully co-operate with the court proceedings.