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Accused Fort Hood plotter got bombmaking recipe from Al Qaeda

Army Pfc. Naser Abdo had a bombmaking article by a branch of Al Qaeda, which had been posted online, according to court documents. In a court appearance Friday, Abdo yelled the name of the man charged with killing 13 peple at Fort Hood in 2009.

By Staff writer / July 29, 2011

Pfc. Naser Abdo is shown in Nashville, Tenn., in this June 14 photo. He is accused of plotting to launch an attack on Fort Hood, Texas.

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A soldier suspected of plotting a bomb and handgun attack against military personnel at Fort Hood, Texas, was using a bombmaking recipe from an Al Qaeda-linked online magazine, according to federal court documents released on Friday.

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Army Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo has been charged with possession of an unregistered destructive device and ordered held without bond. At the time of his arrest on Wednesday, law-enforcement officials recovered a handgun, assorted bombmaking materials, and an article entitled, “Make a bomb in the kitchen of your Mom.”

The article was published in the July 2010 inaugural issue of Inspire magazine, an English-language publication of the Yemen-based group Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

The revelations came in an FBI affidavit filed in conjunction with a criminal complaint against Abdo.

There is no indication in the affidavit of any other contacts with Al Qaeda or other terror groups. Officials have said they believe Abdo was acting alone in his alleged plot.

Abdo reportedly made incriminating statements to police on Wednesday suggesting he was planning to attack military personnel at a restaurant in Killeen, Texas, near the base.

Abdo refused to cooperate during his initial appearance in federal court on Friday in Waco, Texas. As he was being led from the courtroom, he shouted the words: “Nidal Hasan, Fort Hood, 2009,” according to the Associated Press.

The outburst was a reference to a mass shooting by Army psychologist Mr. Hasan in November 2009 at Fort Hood. The attack left 13 dead and 32 wounded. Hasan is awaiting a military trial. He faces a potential death sentence.

The only apparent connection between Abdo and Hasan is that they are both Muslim-Americans who served in the US Army.

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