Terror Suspect ‘Plotted US Mall Shootings’

October 22nd, 2009 by

SKY NEWS

A suspect has been arrested for plotting terror strikes on American shopping malls and the assassination of top US Government members.

Tarek Mehanna allegedly discussed carrying out random shootings in malls before turning guns on emergency service workers turning up to help at the scene.
Mehanna, of Sudbury, Boston, Massachusetts, is also accused of distributing videos of dead American soldiers being abused and mutilated in Iraq.
Civilians would be targeted in America because they were “taxpayers” and “non-believers”, said Michael K Loucks, acting US Attorney.
At a press conference this afternoon Loucks told how Mehanna planned to kill at random using automatic weapons.
His cohorts would block exits to the malls and then turn their weapons on paramedics and police arriving to help, the law chief said.

The plan was foiled when Mehanna was unable to source automatic weapons but just handguns.
Loucks did not name the top “executive board” government members on the target list but said they were never in any danger.
“Mehanna and the co-conspirators had multiple conversations about obtaining automatic weapons and randomly shooting people in a shopping mall, and that the conversations went so far as to discuss the logistics of a mall attack, including
coordination, weapons needed and the possibility of attacking emergency responders,” said Loucks.

It emerged that Mehanna was arrested in November 2008 on suspicion of lying to authorities about the whereabouts of a man who trained with al Qaeda members.
Mehanna pleaded not guilty and was released on bail but rearrested this morning on “broader and more serious charges”.
The 27-year-old is accused of conspiring with a man named Ahmad Abousamra and others from 2001 to May 2008 “to kill, kidnap, maim or injure persons or damage property in a foreign country and extraterritorial homicide of a US national”.
The charges accuse Mehanna and the co-conspirators of talking about their desire to participate in Islamist holy war and of their desire to die on the battlefield.
The case comes less than a month after an Afghan-born man, Najibullah Zazi, was accused of plotting a bomb attack against the United States.
Authorities say Zazi took a bomb-making course at an al Qaeda training camp in Pakistan and had bomb-making notes on his laptop computer.


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