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Monday, November 15, 2004

Rochester, NY man arrested for joining "Jihad"

It's disturbing to see a kid go off the deep end like this. Casper Star Tribune reported: A Wyoming Technical Institute student charged with attempting to help terrorists in Somalia reportedly said he wished he had flown a hijacked plane during the Sept. 11 attacks, federal authorities said.

Mark Robert Walker, 19, of Rochester, N.Y., had become interested in Islam at a mosque in his hometown...

Walker was arrested Saturday while crossing into El Paso, Texas, from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, where prosecutors say he was using an Internet cafe to line up a meeting with someone known as "Khalid" at the El Paso airport Saturday afternoon, reported the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester, N.Y.

Walker told federal law enforcement officials he planned to purchase the night-vision goggles and bullet-proof vests with $2,100 in $100 bills he was carrying, the complaint said. Walker told agents he would give the items to fighters with Ittihad al Islamiya and other groups that want an Islamic government in Somalia. Ittihad al Islamiya has been designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. State and Treasury departments as of April 2003 and has had ties to Al-Qaeda.

Student 'obsessed with jihad' [Casper Star Tribune] [via Free Republic]

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