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June 4, 2009

Arkansas jihadist suspected of having ties to Ohio mosque frequented by other jihadists

Topics: National News, Understanding Islam

One would think that by now the Omar Ibn El-Khattab mosque just north of the Ohio State campus would have by now been shut down and its imam prosecuted, given that three convicted terrorists worshiped and socialized at this same mosque that Abdulhakim Muhammad appears to have attended in 2006 and 2007. The mosque is known to be frequented by foreigners with radical sympathies: ABC News: Exclusive: FBI Probes Muhammad's Ties to Ohio Mosque:

Nuradin Abdi was convicted in 2007 of planning to blow up an Ohio shopping mall.

Iyman Faris was convicted in 2003 of planning to blow up the Brooklyn Bridge.

Christopher Paul was convicted in 2008 of conspiring to use explosives against targets in the U.S. and Europe.

All three terrorists worshiped and socialized at a small mosque in Columbus, Ohio, and, according to David B. Smith, an attorney for Faris, were part of a larger group of jihadists and extremists who frequented the mosque.

The FBI now is investigating reports of links to that same mosque by Muslim-convert Abdulhakim Muhammad who allegedly shot and killed one soldier Monday and critically wounded another in a drive-by attack on a Little Rock, Ark., recruiting station, ABC News has learned.

According to law enforcement sources, they have received reports that Muhammad appears to have attended the mosque during a period from 2006 to 2007 when evidence indicates he resided in Columbus. It is unclear what, if any, links he had to the individuals already convicted.

However, his possible links to the mosque are one promising avenue under investigation as the government attempts to reconstruct Muhammad's path to radicalization and to establish firmly whether he acted alone in the recruiting station shooting.

The mosque, according to well informed sources, is a small house of worship that has regularly been frequented by foreigners with radical sympathies who, after their stops in Ohio, continued onward. The Imam of the mosque was not immediately available for comment.

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Related: Judge Scrubbed 2004 Arrest Record of Jihadi Who Murdered/Attacked Arkanas Military Station of Serious Weapons Charges in 2004

Posted by Abdul at June 4, 2009 8:19 PM

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