Muslim arrested on terror charges after plotting attack on a Christian church in Michigan USA
Dearborn, Michigan is the American equivalent of say the Tower Hamlets or Bradford 10 or 15 years ago. Not quite the Islamic ghettos of today but well on the way to becoming one thanks to mass Muslim migration into one small area. Muslims gradually infiltrate local authorities into positions where they can influence decisions and give their fellow Muslims special treatment . As we already know from experience this only brings problems to the area such as lack of integration with the wider community raising tensions between Muslims and non Muslims.
DEARBORN HEIGHTS, MI — A 21-year-old man charged in federal court with illegal firearm and drug possession is also accused of making threats and planning a terrorist attack on a church congregation.
Khalil Abu-Rayyan has not been charged with crimes directly related terrorism, but the complaint filed against him in Detroit federal court includes allegations of threats made to a Detroit church and a Dearborn police officer.
The FBI has been watching Abu-Rayyan, of Dearborn Heights, since May 2015, because of what federal agents called “increasingly violent threats he has made to others about committing acts of terror and martyrdom — including brutal acts against police officers, churchgoers and others — on behalf of the foreign terrorist organization Islamic State of Iraq and Levant.”
Investigators tracked Abu-Rayyan’s social media postings and surveilled telephone conversions and electronic communications with an undercover FBI employee, according to court documents.
“During these conversations, Abu-Rayyan consistently expressed support for ISIL and repeatedly expressed his desire to commit a martyrdom operation,” federal agents alleged in the court complaint.
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After he bought a .22-caliber revolver on Oct. 5, 2015 in Dearborn Heights, Abu-Rayyan was arrested two days later when police found a gun and marijuana in his car during a Dearborn traffic stop.
Abu-Rayyan tried to buy another gun in November, but was unable to because of his pending drug case, according to court documents, which specifically charge him with unlawful gun and marijuana possession, but also detail disturbing allegations of threatening statements and social media activity.
His Twitter account, now suspended, had been re-tweeting, liking and commenting on ISIL propaganda postings, investigators alleged.
And during conversations with the undercover FBI employee, Abu-Rayyan is accused of saying the following:
“I tried to shoot up a church one day. I don’t know the name of it, but it’s close to my job. It’s one of the biggest ones in Detroit. Ya, I had it planned out. I bought a bunch of bullets. I practiced a lot with it. I practiced reloading and unloading. But my dad searched my car one day and he found everything. He found the gun and the bullets and a mask I was going to wear.”
He allegedly said he wanted to target a church because “It’s easy and a lot of people go there. Plus people are not allowed to carry guns in church. Plus it would make the news. Everybody wouldn’t heard. Honestly I regret not doing it.”
Abu-Rayyan later told the undercover FBI employee that he wanted to kill the Dearborn police officer who arrested him in October, according to the court complaint.
He is also accused of saying “I would gladly behead people if I needed to… It is my dream to behead someone.”
Abu-Rayyan made a brief first appearance in court Friday, asking a magistrate to appoint a attorney from the federal defender’s office until he can hire his own lawyer.
He is scheduled to be back in court Monday for a 1 p.m. detention hearing.