Cops: Soldier Admits Plot to Attack Fort Hood

AWOL Muslim private arrested with bomb-making material

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 28, 2011 4:17 PM CDT

(Newser) – The US soldier arrested over a possible second attack on Fort Hood told police he wanted to attack troops there, reports CNN. Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo, 21, apparently acted alone, said the local police chief, noting that he wasn’t aware of any other threat to the base. Abdo, a Muslim soldier who went AWOL from Fort Campbell in Kentucky following child porn charges, was arrested at a traffic stop on a tip from a gun shop.

“We may well have averted a repeat of the tragic 2009 radical Islamic terror attack on our nation's largest military installation,” said Texas Rep. John Carter. A retired policeman working at the gun shop said Abdo asked him questions about the six pounds of smokeless gunpowder he bought. “That is a red flag for me," said the former officer. "He should know. Why is he buying that much?" Abdo also bought military uniforms and Fort Hood patches from a military surplus store, said Carter’s office. FBI agents found a pistol and enough supplies to make two bombs in the soldier’s hotel room, as well as “Islamic extremist literature.”

This undated frame grab handout image provided by WSMV in Nashville shows Pfc. Naser Abdo.
This undated frame grab handout image provided by WSMV in Nashville shows Pfc. Naser Abdo.   (AP Photo/WSMV)
This police booking photo provided by the Killeen, Texas Police Department shows Pfc. Naser Abdo.
This police booking photo provided by the Killeen, Texas Police Department shows Pfc. Naser Abdo.   (AP Photo/Killeen, Texas, Police Department)
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