(CNN) — A federal grand jury has charged a Columbus man with providing material support to terrorists and lying to the FBI.
Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, 23, traveled to Syria for training and was instructed by a cleric to return to the U.S. and commit an act of terrorism on home soil, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
According to court documents, Mohamud left the U.S. in April 2014 for the purpose of training and fighting with terrorists in Syria. As a naturalized U.S. citizen, he obtained a U.S. passport and bought a one-way ticket to Greece.
He did not board his connecting flight to Athens, Greece, during his layover in Turkey and instead completed prearranged plans to travel to Syria.
According to a federal indictment, Mohamud said that after arriving in Syria, he obtained training from a group in shooting weapons, breaking into houses, explosives, and hand-to-hand combat.
He said that after completing the training, he was instructed in the organization to return to the U.S. and commit an act of terrorism.
“According to the charges in the indictment, Mohamud allegedly traveled to Syria to train with and fight alongside terrorists” said Assistant Attorney General Carlin. “Identifying and neutralizing the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters who return to the United States is one of the National Security Division’s highest priorities. I want to thank the many agents, analysts, and prosecutors who are responsible for this ongoing investigation and today’s charges.”
Mohamud is scheduled to be transferred into federal custody. He was arrested and detained on state charges on Feb. 21, 2015.