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Terrorism suspect arrested at Augusta bus terminal

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 2:55 PM
Last updated 6:21 PM
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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.

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Steve Crawford
Steve Crawford 12/12/12 - 01:31 pm
A fool's errand

It would indeed be a fool's errand to be drawn into an argument about religion and whether Roman Catholicism is only "considered" a Christian faith, so I will just say this: I would think that any Christian, Catholic or otherwise, who names his child Jesus, does so understanding the religious significance of the name.

oneofthesane 12/12/12 - 02:21 pm

sometimes I just like to reel my line out real far to see what big fish I can catch. Is that so wrong? :)

GiantsAllDay 12/12/12 - 02:32 pm
Fun fact

The 3 Alou brothers, Jesus, Felipe and Matty all played in outfield together at the same time for a few innings for the SF Giants back in 1963.

Humble Angela
Humble Angela 12/12/12 - 02:51 pm
GiantsAllDay.....why on earth

GiantsAllDay.....why on earth would a statement of fact like yours receive a thumbs down?

OpenCurtain 12/12/12 - 03:47 pm
Based on some of the comments here....

I am thinking we have strayed from the Articles point Terrorists Arrested.

But while we are on the sub-subject.

Ah! Remember Christmas?
A season of good will, good cheer.
Where we Celebrate the birth Christ, a Jewish Rabi, the son of god.

Who preached Do unto Others.....

Who went about the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of GOD, and healing sickness and disease among the people.

Who preached redemption of sins.

Who paved a away for forgiveness/

Who preach there is but 1 GOD.

Who preached Peace only.

Who preached not only Redemption only, but also of Reconciliation.

Who was nailed to the cross by politically minded religious leaders, who saw their power and control of the word of GOD threaten.

Do we really follow his teachings, or just say more than we do?

corgimom 12/12/12 - 08:17 pm
Shrimp, I'm sorry, but you

Shrimp, I'm sorry, but you are incorrect. Jesus is a very popular name in Hispanic countries.

The navy made me come here
The navy made me come here 12/13/12 - 08:51 pm
And this is why the South has the reputation of being ignorant

Shrimp for breakfast- you keep Southerners in a bad light with remarks like this "Do you ever notice that Islamists call for death to people who defame the prophet yet 90 percent of of these nuts are named after the Prophet. In Christianity no one manes their child Jesus out of respect yet Islam is the opposite." REALLY?? And you are a teacher? Facepalm!! Thank goodness I know that most folks are not as ignorant as you. Of COURSE Christians name their kids Jesus, I have an ex-boyfriend named Jesus. You need to spread your wings and get out of the south, sir. It's a big, big world. You have much to learn.

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