Ohio man pleads not guilty to plotting military base attack
COLUMBUS (AP) — An Ohio man pleaded not guilty today to charges he traveled to Syria and trained alongside terrorists, then returned to the U.S. with plans to attack a military base in Texas or a prison.
Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, a U.S. citizen originally from Somalia, wanted to "kill three or four American soldiers execution style," according to the indictment. Attacking the prison was part of a backup plan if that didn't work, the charges said.
The charges were expected after his arrest earlier this year, said his attorney, Sam Shamansky. He said it was too early to talk about the specific charges.
The indictment also says Mohamud's brother, Abdifatah Aden, fought with Jabhat al-Nusrah, a State Department-designated terrorist group, until he was killed in battle in Syria in June 2014.
Mohamud, 23, of Columbus, was charged with supporting terrorism, supporting a terrorist group and making a false statement involving international terrorism. Prosecutors said he lied to an Ohio FBI agent by saying he was in Istanbul when authorities say he was in Syria.
Mohamud was arrested in Columbus in February on state terrorism and money-laundering counts.