Feds Bust Chicago Man Seeking to Kill 'Infidels' Masri nabbed as he prepared to head to Somalia By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff Posted Aug 5, 2010 3:50 AM CDT Updated Aug 5, 2010 4:09 AM CDT 3 comments Comments Armed fighters including child soldiers from Al-Shabab gather outside Mogadishu. Masri allegedly told an informant that he planned to join the terror group. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh/File) (Newser) – Chicago resident Shaker Masri was planning to fly to Somalia yesterday to join a militant group and train as a suicide bomber but the FBI got to him first, authorities say. Masri—a US citizen born in Alabama—discussed his travel plans and his desire to blow up "infidels" with a work colleague who was actually an FBI informant who had been ordered to befriend him, the Chicago Tribune reports. Masri—who praised radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki—told the informant that he planned to join al-Shabab and al-Qaeda and that he had already made contact with recruiters, federal officials say. "There is growing concern of this recruitment in the US,” a terrorism expert tells the Christian Science Monitor. Masri "was obviously not very bright. But for every one you catch, how many out there do you not catch?"