US Soldier Arrested Near Ft. Hood, Eyed Over Possible Attack Plot
MSNBC.COM - An AWOL U.S. soldier facing a court-martial was charged with possession of illegal weapons and was under investigation over a possible plot to attack the U.S. military base at Fort Hood, Texas, police and military officials said Thursday.
Killeen, Texas, police arrested Pfc. Naser J. Abdo, 21, of Garland, Texas, on Wednesday at a motel near Fort Hood, police said. The Austin American-Statesman reported that Abdo, who was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky., was arrested at an America's Best Value Inn on South Fort Hood Road.
U.S. officials told NBC News that police went to Abdo's motel room on a tip from a gun dealer who said Abdo was asking suspicious questions about components often used in pipe bombs. Explosives were found in the room and in a backpack, the officials said.
A U.S. military official said Abdo was overheard saying he wanted to attack Fort Hood and that he repeated the statement after he was in custody. Authorities said it was not clear whether his alleged intended targets were soldiers in general or specific individuals on the base.
In addition to the weapons charge, police said, Abdo was charged with possession of obscene materials. Abdo had been missing since earlier this month, when he was recommended for a court-martial in a child pornography investigation at Fort Campbell. >>>CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM MSNBC.COM
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