Fire Destroys Diner Owned by Terror Suspect

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -
Firefighters check for hot spots in the vacant apartment above the former MoJoe’s eatery in Rochester owned by Mufid Elfgeeh, a terror suspect. (AP Photo/Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, John Spaulding)
Firefighters check for hot spots in the vacant apartment above the former MoJoe’s eatery in Rochester owned by Mufid Elfgeeh, a terror suspect. (AP Photo/Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, John Spaulding)

A fire has destroyed a Rochester restaurant owned by a man charged last month with plotting vengeance attacks against members of the U.S. military and the Muslim community.

Firefighters responded late Sunday night to a report of a fire at the former Mojoes Restaurant in Rochester, which is owned by Mufid Elfgeeh, a 30-year-old Islamist terrorist born in Yemen. They had to break down the boarded-up door of the building to get inside. Officials say the restaurant’s interior was destroyed.

In June, Elfgeeh was arrested after federal prosecutors said he bought two unregistered guns from an FBI informant. He was charged with plotting to kill returning U.S. troops for American actions overseas and Shiite Muslims over the civil war in Syria.