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Search warrants: Accused Ohio terror suspect hid identity

Search warrants allege that accused Ohio terror suspect misled authorities about his identity

Search warrants: Accused Ohio terror suspect hid identity

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- An accused Ohio terrorist misled authorities about his identity and tried to have his slain brother's Facebook martyrdom photo deleted to avoid police scrutiny, according to newly unsealed search warrants.

Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud also trained two "associates" in Ohio on how to shoot guns after he allegedly trained with terrorists in Syria and communicated with his brother online about supporting terrorism, the warrants show.

Mohamud, of Columbus, has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of supporting terrorism, supporting a terrorist group and making a false statement involving international terrorism. Prosecutors said he lied to an Ohio FBI agent by saying he had been in Istanbul, Turkey, when he was really in Syria.

Mohamud, a 23-year-old U.S. citizen originally from Somalia, is accused of receiving terrorism training on weapons, combat and tactics in Syria, then returning to the U.S. with plans to attack a military base or a prison.

He wanted to "kill three or four American soldiers execution style," according to an indictment earlier this month.

A message seeking comment was left Monday with Mohamud's attorney, who has said he's sifting through a thousand pages of government documents related to the case. Sam Shamansky has called the indictment a "cherry-picked" document as significant for what it didn't say as what it did. He's described Mohamud as "a normal 23-year-old kid."

Mohamud's brother, Abdifatah Aden, also from Ohio, was killed in battle in Syria in June 2014, according to the government. He had fought with Jabhat al-Nusrah, a State Department-designated terrorist group, according to his brother's indictment.

Updated : 2021-09-27 21:05 GMT+08:00