Cops: Terror Plot Foiled in Seattle

Two men accused of planning attack on military recruitment office
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2011 6:40 PM CDT
Seattle Terror Plot: Police Say Two Men Planned Suicide Attack on Military Recruitment Office
This is a 2004 photo provided by the Washington State Department of Corrections showing Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, also known as Joseph Anthony Davis, of Seattle.   (AP Photo/Department of Corrections)

(Newser) – Another potential terror plot foiled: Seattle police arrested two men they say planned a suicide attack on a federal building that houses a military recruitment office and a federal day care center, report the Post-Intelligencer and Seattle Times. One suspect is identified as Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, 33, who was born Joseph Anthony Davis but changed his name in 2007 after converting to Islam and becoming "self-radicalized," police say. He idolized Osama bin Laden and raged against US military action overseas, according to court documents.

The other suspect is Walli Mujahidh, 32, also known as Frederick Dominique Jr., of Los Angeles. A third Muslim man told authorities about the plot when Abdul-Latif asked him to help carry it out. He then worked undercover with police. Abdul-Latif reportedly wanted to use the 2009 Fort Hood massacre, in which 13 people were killed, as a model. “Abdul-Latif said that if one person could kill so many people, three attackers could kill many more," said an FBI agent. A detention hearing will take place next week. (Read more Seattle stories.)

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