Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, 23, who underwent training in Syria to kill U.S. officials in American soil, was arrested in February. He now faces federal charges from a grand jury. Mohamud was trained with the al-Nusra Front and was guided by radical clerics as to how to carry out a terrorist attack against U.S. soldiers.
Authorities reported that Mohamud is a naturalized citizen of the U.S. who left for Syria “for the purpose of training and fighting with terrorists in Syria,” as quoted by NBC News.
“Identifying and neutralising the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters who return to the United States is one of the National Security Division’s highest priorities,” Assistant Attorney General John Carlin said via a statement.
Of late, U.S. officials are bringing into the forefront those who are planning to spread terror in the country and to attack soldiers.
According to prosecutors, Mohamud, who hailed from Ohio, obtained U.S. citizenship and left for Syria in April 2014 to begin training. His brother Aden, belonging to the same terror group, was killed during a fight in Syria.
When Mohamud returned to the U.S. in June 2014, he reportedly told two people that he is willing to attack military bases and kill three or four US soldiers “execution style“.
He received weapons, explosives, and underwent physical training to accomplish the mission, according to a statement.