WASHINGTON — A Mobile, Ala., man was arrested on terrorism charges at an Augusta bus terminal Tuesday morning by the FBI, authorities said.
Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair, 25, was found at approximately 10:45 a.m. at the Greyhound bus terminal at 1128 Greene St., and was expected to fly to Morocco on Thursday, according to the FBI. Agent Jim Harrison declined to comment further on the investigation and arrest.
Another man Randy “Rasheed” Wilson, 25, from Mobile, was found trying to board a plane to Morocco in Atlanta.
Both men are accused of wanting to “wage violent jihad overseas,” according to a sworn statement from the FBI.
Abukhdair and Wilson were the subjects of an investigation by the Joint Terrorism Task Force of the Mobile Division of the FBI, the statement said.
Abukhdair was among a group of people arrested in Egypt in 2010 on suspicion of being involved with a terror group there, according to the document, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Mobile. He was held for two months in Egypt before being deported to the United States, the statement said. Abukhdair also is charged with passport fraud for allegedly lying to obtain a new passport since his old one contained immigration stamps from Egypt.
He is a native of Syracuse, N.Y., and had lived in South Carolina and Ohio before moving to south Alabama in October 2011, officials said.
A criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Mobile said that Wilson and Abukhdair met online in 2010. On Aug. 27, 2011, an FBI undercover employee met Wilson, and Wilson told the FBI employee that he and Abukhdair had formulated a plan to travel together overseas for the purpose of waging violent jihad, according to the complaint.
In preparation for their travel, Abukhdair applied for a new passport and falsely claimed that his previous passport had been misplaced, according to the complaint. Abukhdair was concerned that Egyptian stamps in his passport might raise suspicions and impede his travel plans, the complaint said.
Wilson is a close friend and former roommate of Alabama native Omar Hammami, who was recently added to the list of the FBI’s most-wanted terror suspects.
Court records did not show whether either man has an attorney.
Both men are charged with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists with plans to kill people outside the United States.
Hammami, the son of a Christian mother and an Islamic father, grew up near Mobile and attended college at the University of South Alabama. Officials believe Hammami is now a senior leader in the Somalia-based terror group al-Shabab, which has links to al-Qaida.
Hammami faces charges in Alabama of providing material support to terrorists.