WASHINGTON — FBI agents arrested two U.S. citizens — one at the Atlanta airport, the other at a bus station in Augusta, Ga. — on charges they were about to leave the United States for North Africa “intending to prepare to wage violent jihad.”
Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair and Randy Wilson (also known as Rasheed Wilson), who once ran a men’s fragrance store together in Mobile, Ala., were charged Tuesday morning with conspiring “to kill persons or damage property outside the United States.”
A criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Mobile alleged the men, both 25, met online two years ago, and later confided to an undercover FBI source their plans to use fake passports to join a terror network in Morocco or Mauritania.
At one point, the complaint said, Abukhdair suggested buying firearms and taking hostages in this country.
Abukhdair and Wilson have not yet entered pleas in the case.