Al Qaeda supporter was planning a shooting rampage against U.S. troops and Shiite Muslims.
On May 31, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Yemen was arrested in Rochester, New York as he aspired to shoot U.S. soldiers and Shiite Muslims. He was angry at U.S. foreign policy, but the basis of his worldview was a belief in Islamist doctrine and that Sharia governance must be fought for.
The criminal complaint says Mufid E. Elfeegh illegally purchased two unregistered firearms silencers so he could go on a shooting rampage against U.S. troops that returned from Iraq and Shiite Muslims. He expressed support for Al-Qaeda and its affiliates, including the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIS), Jabhat al-Nusra, and Ansar al-Islam.
The complaint says Elfeegh sent out tweets “stating that people will have an honorable life under sharia law and that with grenades in their hands they are ready to die for the sake of Allah.”
He made it clear that he was fighting for the sake of global conquest by his version of Islam. He said that ISIS, a former Al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria and Iraq, “will one day rule the world with the will of Allah.”
His targeting of the U.S. was largely because he views the country as standing in the way of this objective.
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