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2020-12-18 Home Front: WoT
Feds charge Kenyan al-Shaboob with plotting 9/11-style attack on American city
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] A Kenyan member of al-Shabaab
...... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
stands accused of plotting to fly an airliner into a United States' skyscraper after training as a pilot in the Philippines.

Cholo Abdi Abdullah, 30, spent years preparing to carry out a 9/11-style attack, prosecutors say. He pleaded not guilty
"Wudn't me."
to all counts in a New York court Wednesday.

Abdullah was arrested in 2019 in the Philippines with an improvised bomb, a hand grenade and a gun, CNN
...formerly the Cable News Network, now who know what it might stand for...
reported at the time. He was extradited to the US Tuesday.

Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said: 'This chilling callback to the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001, is a stark reminder that terrorist groups like al-Shabaab remain committed to killing U.S. citizens and attacking the United States.'

It is not clear which skyscrapers or cities were part of the alleged plot.

Abdullah faces multiple terrorism-related charges and if convicted 20 years to life in prison.

Abdullah, who has been in jug since last year, took orders from an al-Shabaab commander responsible for the hotel attack in Nairobi in 2019, prosecutors said.

Al-Shabaab has sworn allegiance to al Qaeda and serves as the terrorist group's principal wing in East Africa.

The State Department in 2008 designated al-Shabaab, which means 'the youth' in Arabic, as a foreign terrorist organization. The Death Eater group has fought to establish an Islamic state in Somalia based on Shariah law.

Prosecutors, in announcing the hijacking plot, said the hard boy group recently 'embarked on a string of terrorist attacks' following the United States' decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Those include the 2019 attack that killed some 21 people — including an American businessman who survived the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center — at a Nairobi hotel.

Interesting thread at the tweet:
"Those are for personal use, man"
Posted by Fred 2020-12-18 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [6490 views ]  Top
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