Baltimore Bomb Suspect Obsessed With Jihad

21-year-old identified as Antonio Martinez
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2010 4:26 PM CST
A woman walks past the Armed Forces Career Center in Catonsville, Md. Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010.   (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)
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(Newser) – A clearer picture is emerging of the 21-year-old man accused in the foiled plot to blow up an SUV outside a military recruitment center in Baltimore. From the Baltimore Sun and AP:

  • His legal name is Antonio Martinez, though he refers to himself as Muhammad Hussain. He recently converted to Islam and is a naturalized US citizen, but it's not clear where he was born. He graduated from a Baltimore high school.
  • Martinez told an FBI informant he was obsessed with "jihad" and declared on his Facebook page that the "reign of oppression is about 2 cease." He admired the Fort Hood shooter and wanted to kill US service members "where they live" because they were killing Muslims overseas.

  • When a similar FBI sting resulted in an arrest in Oregon a few weeks ago, Martinez got cold feet about his own plot but decided to go through with it.
  • Referring to his mother: "She wants me to be like everybody else, being in school, working. Glad I am not like everyone else my age—going out having fun, be in college, all that stuff. That's not me. … That [sic] not what Allah has in mind for me."
  • He told the court he worked in construction and is married.
  • He faces life in prison on charges of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. (It was a dummy bomb.)
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