Alleged Mall Terror Plot Was Vague



"He was another good American."

Jamilla Hassan, 39, a cousin of Abdi's Iyman Faris, already serving prison
time for supporting terrorism.

The 4-count indictment charges that Nuradin Abdi conspired to detonate a
bomb at an unidentified shopping mall after he obtained military-style
training in Ethiopia.

Abdi was arrested on immigration charges and has been held since Nov. 28,
2003. The U.S. is now requesting that Abdi be further detained pending trial.

Federal investigators say Nuradin Abdi bragged that blowing up an Ohio
shopping center was his goal.

But no specific mall was targeted. No explosives were in hand. And it is
unclear that the alleged terrorist had the wherewithal to do it.

Abdi's family says he didn't have the will.

A four-count indictment, returned by a grand jury in Columbus, Ohio,
charges that Abdi, a 32-year-old Somali native, conspired with admitted al
Qaeda member Iyman Faris and others to detonate a bomb at the unidentified
shopping mall after he obtained military-style training in Ethiopia.

"The American heartland was targeted for death and destruction by an al
Qaeda cell which allegedly included a Somali immigrant who will now face
justice," Attorney General John Ashcroft said..

 


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