New Charges Allege That Terrorist Suspect Wanted to Attack Quantico

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Three counts in a new indictment against a suspected terrorist allege that the man planned to attack the United States Marine base at Quantico, Virginia.

The new charges, announced Thursday, are added to the previous charges of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and conspiracy to murder, kidnap, maim and injure people that are levied against Daniel Patrick Boyd, 39, and seven other men, including two of Boyd’s sons.

In July 2009, Boyd and the other suspects were arrested on suspicion of plotting a “violent jihad.” They had been caught on an audio tape, recorded in May 2009, talking about bank robberies which were carried out in Pakistan to fund the terrorist efforts, as well as attempting robberies of Wells Fargo banks and trucks in the United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation agents testified at an August bond hearing for the men that the FBI had found cash and weapons in the Boyd home during a search, including several weapons; 27,000 rounds of ammunition; cash and deposit slips totaling $29,000; gas masks; and a “fatwa” or Muslim religious edict of jihad against America. They also discovered a so-called playbook that detailed how federal agents responded to acts of terrorism, which would have been useful to the men in formulating a strategy.

Agents also located a trench concealed under the deck of Boyd’s house, which a witness claimed was a bunker meant for the storage and concealment of weapons, as well as a lookout platform placed in a tree.

According to authorities, the men had practiced military tactics in a North Carolina county that borders Virginia. One of the men is believed to have fled the country, but the remaining seven are in custody and have been denied bail.

The alleged terrorists include Dylan Boyd, 22 (aka “Mohammed”); Zakariya Boyd, 20; Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan; Hysen Sherifi; Ziyad Yaghi; and Anes Subasic.

The new charges, which both Boyd and another man, Hysen Sherifi, face, include conspiring to murder United States military personnel, as well as possession of weapons in furtherance of a crime of violence. Boyd’s son Zakariya also faces that charge. Boyd is accused of one additional charge – providing a rifle and ammunition to a convicted felon.

“Boyd undertook reconnaissance of the Marine Corps Base located in Quantico, Virginia, and obtained maps of the base in order to plan an attack on Quantico,” state the charges.

 

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