An Ohio man trained with the Al Nusra Front terrorist group in Syria, then returned to the United States with instructions to carry out an act of terrorism, according to an indictment filed Thursday.
Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, 23, of Columbus, wanted to kill Americans, particularly members of the military, police officers “or any uniformed individuals,” the indictment says.
Mohamud became a naturalized U.S. citizen in February 2014 and traveled to Syria that April to join his brother, who was fighting alongside terrorists there, the indictment says. In early June his brother apparently was killed while fighting.
According to the indictment, after Mohamud returned to the United States, he “talked about doing something big in the United States. He wanted to go to a military base in Texas and kill three or four American soldiers execution style.”
Mohamud was arrested Feb. 21 on state charges and will now be transferred into federal custody.