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PITTSBURGH, Pa. — A Syrian man and ISIS supporter who allegedly plotted to bomb a church in Pennsylvania in order to “take revenge for our brothers in Nigeria” has been indicted by a grand jury on terrorism charges.
Mustafa Alowemer, 21 and a refugee, is accused of plotting an attack on Legacy International Worship Center in Pittsburgh, as he considered it to be both Christian and Nigerian.
According to an affidavit from the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), investigators took note of one of Alowemer’s social media accounts last year, in which he wrote that he was “hoping to Allah that [he] dies in a way that does not require the traditional funeral cleansing and burial rituals.” It was also discovered that he had communicated with a supporter of ISIS.
In March, an FBI agent went undercover to pose as an ISIS supporter, and in electronic communication, Alowemer reportedly expressed his desire to wage nafir, or jihad, advising that he planned to pledge his allegiance to ISIS. He also met with another undercover agent and a confidential source as they discussed possible targets in the United States.
Among his potential victims were local Yazidis and Shia Muslims, whom he despised, as well as an American soldier.
“Alowemer affirmed his desire to participate in an attack on American soil and to subsequently escape to Syria, where he ultimately wants to die as a martyr,” the affidavit reads.
The FBI says that Alowemer sent the undercover agent documents about
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