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Police: Arrest of Soldier Foiled "Terror Plot"

Police: Arrest of Soldier Foiled "Terror Plot"

Pfc. Naser Abdo. Abdo, 21, was arrested Wednesday and agents found firearms and "items that could be identified as bomb-making components, including gunpowder," in his motel room, according to FBI spokesman Erik Vasys.

USAToday via YellowBrix

July 29, 2011

An AWOL soldier was arrested in Texas near Fort Hood after authorities found potential bomb-making materials and at least one gun in the suspect’s motel room, a federal law enforcement official said.

Pfc. Naser Abdo, 21, told investigators he was planning to attack fellow soldiers near the military post, where an Army psychiatrist was charged two years earlier in the slayings of 13 people, said a second federal law enforcement official.

Both officials asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

Authorities were alerted to Abdo, who was stationed at Fort Campbell in Kentucky, after he visited the same gun store in Killeen, Texas, where Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan obtained a gun prior to the 2009 attack at Fort Hood, one of the officials said.

Greg Ebert, a former police officer who works at the Guns Galore shop, said Abdo acted suspiciously when he went to the store Tuesday afternoon to buy 6 pounds of gun powder.

“First of all, the youngster arrives in a (taxi) cab and wants to buy something he knows nothing about,” Ebert said.

“There was very little conversation. The kid was downright rude,” he said.

“I thought it would be a good thing to call it in to police. We’re just grateful that the authorities responded as quickly as they did,” Ebert said.

FBI spokesman Erik Vasys said there was no evidence to indicate that others were working with the suspect.

“Whatever threat (Abdo) posed yesterday is resolved,” Vasys said.

Killeen police spokeswoman Carroll Smith said Abdo was arrested just after 2 p.m. Wednesday.

She said “suspicious materials” were later recovered in Abdo’s room at Americas Best Value Inn. Smith said the inn was evacuated for several hours during the search as a precaution.

At the time of the arrest, Abdo already had been charged by the military with possessing child pornography and was awaiting trial, Army spokesman Troy Rolan said.

Smith said Abdo was being held in Killeen without bail on a warrant issued by the military, pending the outcome of a federal investigation into the alleged threats against fellow soldiers and the materials recovered from his motel room.

Abdo was reported AWOL on July4 from Fort Campbell, according to Army records.

Attorney James Branum said Thursday that he represented Abdo on the pornography charges and during the soldier’s successful effort to obtain conscientious objector status, which was approved in May 2011.

His discharge had been delayed, however, pending the outcome of the child pornography charges brought by the military soon after.

Branum, who is not representing Abdo on this latest arrest in Killeen, said his client believed the military issued the pornography charges to block his discharge as a conscientious objector.

The attorney said the infantryman claimed objector status based on his Muslim faith, as he faced the prospect of deployment to Afghanistan.

He said his client had “reclaimed” his faith after joining the military in March 2009.

“I don’t know what to think of this stuff,” Branum said of Abdo’s arrest.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    11 months ago


    There are two many people with Muslims backgrounds that are geeing involved in this type of activates . we have to look at these guys harder like it or not. If it walks like duck its a duck.

  • P1030380_max50


    over 2 years ago


    Wow another isolated incident , like this administration would call it . Not an act of terrorism God forbid just another guy trying to commit (WORK PLACE VIOLENCE) .

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50


    almost 3 years ago


    Great job in reporting this dirtbag and getting him into custody before he was able to carry out his mission.

  • Image_max50


    about 3 years ago


    I saw this on the news. Great job by the gun shop employee. The Army needs to weed out these idiots.

  • 582602_3283682777720_334551836_n_max50


    about 3 years ago


    have to disagree somewhat with profiling, as I have a couple of friends that practice the Muslim Faith and are Law Abiding citizens that work in the Medical Industry, and Support Military & LE. It was a hard pill to swallow after 911(me a Christian), but these are good people-Not delusiional borderline Jail house muslims or Extremist. We have to come to the realization that ALL people that read the Quran or study and practice the Muslim faith aren't out to get us, there is even passages in the "Real" written Quran taken from the Christian Bible. When the Citizens of Jersey City, NJ decided to "profile" on and around 911, they beat up quite a few Indian People mistaking them for Muslim Terrorists, this is not what are country represents-is it? My Brother being on his roof, and hearing what I heard on the phone on September 11th, I'm hella untrusting to "muslims" I don't know just like anyone else, but I definately think if anyone enlists in the Army(not a high paying job, I'm guessing), They ALL should be HIGHLY Critiqued, interviewed over and over-and hell maybe even given a Polygraph. JMO

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago

    the military tries to weed out the unfits. thats what bootcamp and a-school or AIT is for. usually criminal tendencies or f*** ups will make themselves obvious in such a restrictive environment but not always

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago

    Those effing recruiters are SERIOUSLY GETTING SLOPPY >;(

  • Thinker_max50


    about 3 years ago


    An AWOL child pornographer claiming conscientious objector status and wanting discharge from the military based on his Muslim faith, but wanting to buy products to make a bomb that he knew nothing about so he could injure or kill his fellow soldiers. Is there a little irony here? Why did he ever join the military to begin with? This POS needs to be put in solitary confinement for the rest of his life and then some...

  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Awesome job by Greg Ebert.

  • Pug_max600_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Excellent before the mayhem started and innocents were harmed.

  • Me_last_wk_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Great Job Guys

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    about 3 years ago


    Nice work by the former LEO to get the ball rolling on this one. If it can be proved the POS had the child pornography prior to his CO status being approved, the charges should stand and be pursued.

  • Thi_seal_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Great work all around. I'm glad that the gun shop owner (and former police officer) was alert to the suspicious way this kid was acting. Most of folks would've missed that and some would've been more concerned about selling him what he wanted.

  • John_groh_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Nice job, glad they got this guy.

  • 1051193310_l_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Maybe now the gun shop owners around the country will no longer be unjustly put down. Bur more importantly was the police work done to prevent another coward for carrying out his planned attack

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