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Monday, June 14, 2004

Somali charged with planning to blow up mall

Washington Post:

A Somali native living in Ohio has been charged with plotting with other al Qaeda operatives to blow up a Columbus-area shopping mall, according to an indictment unsealed Monday. The four-count indictment, returned by a grand jury in Columbus, Ohio, charges that Nuradin Abdi, 32, 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.
Good to see we are catching a few of them.
Faris had received instructions from top al Qaeda leader Khalid Sheik Mohammed for what might have been a second wave of attacks to follow those of Sept. 11, 2001, investigators say. Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the hijackings, is in U.S. custody at an undisclosed overseas location.
After 9/11 I was expecting a number of 'small' attacks, scattered throughout the heartland to increase the general feeling of terror. It seemed to me that such attacks would be the most useful way to expand the impact of 9/11 and increase American's fear. It looks like those sort of attacks were planned but foiled.


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