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Muslim Admits Plot To Blow Up Ohio Mall

From those lovers of terror at the Associated Press:

Ally of al-Qaida terrorist admits to conspiracy in Ohio mall plot


COLUMBUS – A Somali immigrant the government says plotted to blow up an Ohio shopping mall pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists.

Nuradin Abdi, 35, entered his plea before U.S. District Judge Algenon Marbley a week before the expected Aug. 6 start of his trial. He answered each of the judge’s questions with a quiet, “Yes, Your Honor.”

Under a plea deal, Abdi is expected to receive a 10-year sentence on the count, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years. Three charges were dropped in exchange for the plea. He’ll be deported after serving his sentence.

The Justice Department accused Abdi of suggesting the plan to attack an unidentified Columbus shopping mall during an August 2002 coffee shop meeting with now-convicted al-Qaida terrorist Iyman Faris and a third suspect, Christopher Paul. The alleged plot was never carried out.

Abdi testified under oath that he talked with Faris and Paul at a coffee shop in suburban Columbus where he suggested they “plan to detonate a bomb in a shopping mall to avenge U.S. policy and military action in Afghanistan,” according to a statement of facts submitted by the government during Tuesday’s hearing…

Sherif said Abdi agreed to the plea to get on with his life and because he worried what a jury would say given the country’s current mood. Abdi entered the plea against Sherif’s advice, he added…

Federal agents arrested Abdi the morning of Nov. 28, 2003, the day after Thanksgiving, out of fear the attack would be carried out on the heavy shopping day. He was arrested at 6 a.m. while leaving his Columbus home for morning prayers.

Prosecutors also say Abdi gave stolen credit card numbers to a man accused of buying gear for al-Qaida, and lied on immigration documents to visit a jihadist training camp [sic]…

It’s amazing how little play this and other stories like it get from our national media.

Why is that?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, August 1st, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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