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FBI: 2 Alabama Men Arrested on Terrorism Charges

By: CBS
By: CBS

AUGUSTA, GA - An Alabama man was arrested at the bus terminal on Greene Street in Augusta Tuesday morning on terrorism charges.

Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair, 25, is from Mobile, Ala.

Randy Wilson (also known as Rasheed Wilson), 25, was arrested in Atlanta while trying to board a flight to Morocco Tuesday morning. Wilson is also from Mobile.

The FBI claims Wilson and Abukhdair planned "to travel from the United States to Mauritania intending to prepare to wage violent jihad."

The FBI says Abukhdair and Wilson are accused of conspiring to provide "material support to terrorists, knowing or intent that it will be used in preparation for, or in carrying out a conspiracy to kill persons or damage property outside the United States."

Abukhdair is also charged with passport fraud. He allegedly applied for a new passport, claiming he lost his old one.

The FBI reports that the two met online in 2010. An undercover agent met with the duo, and Wilson allegedly said he and Abukhdair were planning a trip to wage "violent jihad."

The undercover agent says, "Their ultimate goal of engaging in violent jihad remained constant."

Abukhdair allegedly told the undercover agent that the end goal for Islam was to take over the world and that jihad was the means of achieving this goal.

The undercover agent quoted Wilson saying, "Jihad is the pinnacle of Islam. There's no deed better than jihad."

Another informant met with the duo this year and claims the two planned to travel to Casablanca, Morocco, before going to Mauritania.

The FBI says Wilson has a wife and two small children who all lived in Mobile. According to the report, he is friends with (and is a former roommate of) Omar Hammami, who was placed on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists List on Nov. 14, 2012.

Abukhdair was born in New York moved to Cairo, Egypt, in 2007 to study Arabic. He moved from Cairo to Alexandria, Egypt, in 2010. He was arrested in 2010 with his roommates for his suspected role in a terrorist group. After he was released, he was deported back to America. He lived in South Carolina and Ohio and then moved to Mobile. He is not believed to be married or have children.

The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force investigated the case. It will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office.


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