Syrian refugee arrested, accused of plotting attack on Pittsburgh church for ISIS

20 Juin, 2019, 06:42 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Syrian refugee arrested, accused of plotting attack on Pittsburgh church for ISIS

The Department of Justice announced the arrest of a Syrian refugee on Wednesday in connection with an Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack on a Christian church in Pittsburgh.

In online chats with the undercover - who Alowemer referred to as a "brother" from the "Caliphate soldiers - Alowemer offered to find other terror targets in Pittsburgh, requested a gun with a silencer and recorded a video of himself pledging allegiance to ISIS leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the feds said".

Alowemer allegedly plotted to attack the Legacy International Worship Center, a majority black church on the city's north side, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

Alowemer, who was admitted to the USA as a refugee on August 1, 2016, gave bomb-making instructions to an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent as part of a plot to blow up the primarily Nigerian-attended Legacy International Worship Center Christian church on Pittsburgh's north side.

Mustafa Mousab Alowemer, 21, is charged with one count of attempting to provide material support and resources to ISIS, as well as two counts of distributing information relating to an explosive, destructive device or weapon of mass destruction.

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In planning the attack, (the suspect) used multiple social networking and mobile messenger applications to communicate with an individual whom he believed to be a fellow ISIS supporter.

In person, the alleged ISIS supporter, "provided additional details about the bomb plot and provided the materials he had purchased for construction of the device".

"During his communications, Alowemer stated his support for ISIS, and his desire to answer the call for jihad or travel to conduct jihad", prosecutors said.

"Targeting places of worship is beyond the pale, no matter what the motivation", Assistant Attorney for National Security John C. Demers said in a press release. The National Security Division and our partners will continue our efforts to identify and bring to justice individuals in our country who seek to commit violence on behalf of ISIS and other terrorist organizations.

U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady for the Western District of Pennsylvania added, Court documents show (the suspect) planned to attack a church in the name of ISIS, which could have killed or injured many people.

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