On Saturday, Pamela Geller cited a report at the UK Daily Mail that said 22-year-old Khalil Abu-Rayyan was arrested for allegedly “planning to shoot up a Detroit church to support ISIS.”
According to reports, he was initially arrested for gun and drug charges last October after he was pulled over for speeding. the FBI began monitoring him last May and authorities say he made threats in phone conversations and on social media while speaking with undercover agents.
The report also said he told an undercover agent on social media that he “tried to shoot up a church one day” and that he “regret(s) not doing it.” He bragged about having a lot of bullets and practicing for the attack, but his father found the gun, the bullets and the mask he was going to wear.
He explained why he selected a church: “It’s easy, and a lot of people go there, plus people are not allowed to carry guns in church.”
“Plus,” he added, “it would make the news.” Aby-Rayyan also said that if he couldn’t engage in jihad in the Middle East, “I would do a jihad over here.”
He also bragged about having a sword in his car and allegedly said that it was his “dream to behead someone.”
The UK Daily Mail added:
According to a sworn affidavit from the United States District Court of Michigan, the 22-year-old was allegedly involved in making terror threats on behalf of the terrorist group. The FBI began monitoring Abu-Rayyan starting in May 2015.
Authorities say that Abu-Rayyan made threats in monitored phone conversations and electronic communications with the undercover agent, as he was also under surveillance on social media.
He also was found to have made numerous comments on ISIS propaganda online, including videos of executions, as well as liking and re-tweeting ISIS related links, WJBK reported.
This report would appear to fly in the face of comments made by Democratic Party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton who once claimed Muslims do not engage in terrorism.
Abu-Rayaan is expected to appear in court on Monday.
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